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Manitoba Not Yielding To Climate Change?

Last modified March 12, 2007 22:53

As a reaction to my March 2007 homepage, Doug Wilcox wrote that indeed there is no place for complacency. That would be dangerous even in Manitoba where early climate change appears not yet to have had great influence on yields.

By KEES STIGTER

 


As a reaction to my March 2007 homepage, Doug Wilcox wrote that indeed there is no place for complacency. That would be dangerous even in Manitoba where early climate change appears not yet to have had great influence on yields. He feels that anticipatory adaptation will be necessary. But adaptation prescriptions will have to consider other essential change factors as well, that is the whole of the farming systems and related actions for marketing, to remain understandable and acceptable to farmers. Farmers have adapted to change, they will have to adapt to new changes, and climate change is one of them. But it should be handled indeed as one of them, because where the climate impacts are for the time being marginal in Manitoba, the reality of farming will teach us about the combination of adaptations that are necessary in the course of time. This contribution is one of a few interesting papers where local agrometeorology around climate issues are dealt with in much detail. Great examples of what agrometeorology can do for today’s farmers in highly developed agriculture. The other papers are introduced in a follow up item. Here follows, with permission of the author, the contribution of Doug Wilcox to the 2006 Manitoba Agronomists Conference.

Kees Stigter


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