Adapting to climate change

Adapting to changes in the weather has always been a part of farming life. With climate change, patterns of “normal” weather are shifting, with increased frequency and severity of extreme weather events.

Anticipated changes

Climate change will have significant challenges and benefits for agricultural producers in B.C. due to changes in production patterns, increases in crop damage, water shortages, and changes in the interactions between crops, weeds and insects.

On the coast, a longer and warmer growing season could permit higher yields and more diverse crops in the Fraser Valley and on southern Vancouver Island. However, warmer, wetter and stormier winters and springs could increase the risk of extreme precipitation, floods, pests, and delayed planting/harvesting.

In the interior regions, vineyards, orchards, and crops could extend north and the grazing season could be longer, but there may be increased drought during the summer. 

Climate Change Infographic

Source: Natural Resources Canada

Resources for agricultural adaptation

Successful adaptation will be necessary for the agriculture industry to continue to grow. The B.C. government and the agriculture industry are working in partnership together through the B.C. Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative to build the sector’s resilience to climate change.