I am driven to help crops adapt to changing environments

As the growing global population challenges our food security, farmers are also seeing an increase in extreme weather events. Candice Hirsch and her team seek to understand how plants interact with the environment to help produce more and lessen loss in the midst of climate change.

Using big data to help produce more corn on less land

Candice Hirsch
“If we are really meeting our goal, then 5 to 10 years from now I hope that we have a better understanding of how we can mitigate loss, and produce more on less.” Candice Hirsch, Assistant Professor Click to tweet

Understanding crops across environments

Map showing research and outreach centers across Minnesota. HWRC NWROC NCROC CFC SPRF WCROC HRC RROC SWROC SROC

U of M’s Research & Outreach Centers.

Minnesota is home to different climates as you travel from south to north and west to east. The U of M has research and outreach centers in all corners of the state with active research suited to the specific climate.

flooded farm field with many plants almost completely underwater

The constant challenge of extreme weather events

“We need to keep feeding the world, and we're doing it on less and less land. We have the added challenge that every year there's some kind of extreme environment. This year we had a wind storm that had 70-mph winds and knocked over entire fields that couldn't be recovered. And last year we had flooding. So … not only are we trying to produce more on less, we're trying to produce more on less while we're fighting climate change. And those are huge challenges.”

Candice Hirsch

The many facets of agricultural production

There’s more than meets the eye when you drive by a field of corn. Here are some of the many topics and considerations that U researchers are immersed in as they try to eradicate hunger in the face of a growing world population.

  • Genetics
  • Breeding
  • Disease
  • Weather
  • Big Data
  • Management
“My passion for research in general and in improving people’s lives through agricultural research [stemmed from that] discovery.” Candice Hirsch, Assistant Professor Click to tweet