Climate change threatens crop insurance costs; Farmers struggle with GMO seeds

In 2011, Eric Herm’s cantaloupes exploded. A fourth-generation cotton farmer in West Texas, Herm was experimenting with a home garden to help feed his family during the onset of a drought in the area. Blistering heat, including 100 degree days as early as May, was wilting Herm’s cotton—and in the end, it turned his melons into pressure cookers.