Longer frost-free season in southwest stresses crops
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The number of frost-free days in the Southwest growing season has increased significantly since the 1980's which, together with more frequent heatwaves, drought, and fewer outbreaks of cold, accelerates crop ripening, reduces yields, increases water consumption and stresses livestock. California produces about 95% of the U.S. supply of various fruits and nuts. The changing climate conditions are likely to reduce yields of many crops and negatively affect the region's economy.