Weather variations and agricultural production

There was a remarkable imbalance between feed grain production and demand in the Soviet Union in the 1980s. The feed grain shortage was 7 percent in the late 1970s and as high as 28 percent by the end of the 1980s. The reason was simple: average feed grain demand had increased by 30 percent (from 120 to 160 million tons) while Soviet grain harvests no longer showed even a slight increase. To what extent should the weather be blamed for this stagnation in grain production? If weather conditions were more favorable in the 1980s, would it have helped grain production to meet demand?

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