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Needs for agrometeorological solutions to farming problems

Last modified September 26, 2008 09:25

Here we have discussions on problems for which operational solutions with agrometeorological components are highly required, but not yet or incompletely available, or available but not applied. Here pre-publication information may be exchanged and experiences swapped on possible services, research, training/extension and policies related to food security, on-farm and market related. [Discuss items for this section with the President or the Vice-president.]

Intensive farming with a climate-friendly touch: farming/woodland mix increases yields — Last modified November 26, 2012 15:29
In the world of agriculture, climate protection and intensive farming are generally assumed to be a contradiction in terms. At Technische Universitèt Mƒnchen (TUM), however, scientists have come up with a new land development concept that could change this view. The new model is tailored to medium-sized farms in South America and sees farmers transitioning from large-scale monoculture to more diverse crop mixtures spread over smaller plots interspersed with wooded areas – a switch that can bring significant financial benefits.
Wheat yields are levelling off, even in some developing countries — Last modified June 25, 2012 11:30
Wheat yields have levelled off in many countries around the world, even in regions of greater food insecurity such as India and Bangladesh, say researchers in the US.
Experiments underestimate plant response to warming — Last modified May 17, 2012 14:44
Observations indicate that plants are flowering and leafing earlier in response to rising temperatures. Experiments that artificially warm vegetation have also taken place. But a new study suggests that such tests could underpredict plant response, in some cases by more than eight times.
Which plants will survive droughts, climate change? — Last modified April 19, 2012 16:00
Which plants will survive droughts, climate change?. By Stuart Wolpert.
Land-use change could cut food yields — Last modified February 27, 2012 10:52
Land-use change such as deforestation could cut crop yields by up to 17% by affecting the amount of moisture reaching key agricultural areas, according to scientists from the US. That's on top of the yield drop of the same magnitude it's predicted that climate change may cause.
How Valuing Nature Can Transform Agriculture — Last modified January 11, 2012 15:51
How Valuing Nature Can Transform Agriculture. By Joshua Farley, Abdon Schmitt F., Juan Alvez, Norton Ribeiro de Freitas Jr.
Intricacies of technology and weather factors associated with livelihood of farmers in India — Last modified November 22, 2010 13:44
Agricultural growth in India averaged 2.5% in the past five years. This pales in comparison to the 10% growth achieved by manufacturing and services in the same period. Agriculture, in fact, touched a terrible low between 1997 and 2008 with 182,936 farmers committing suicide according to government records (see also Stigter, 2010). The returns from agriculture are paltry in comparison to other vocations. Let us consider some figures. Between 1997 and 2007, the salaries of government employees increased by over 150 %, but the farmer could manage only a 25% increase in the prices of his/her produce.
Desert farming - The peasant perspectives of climate change — Last modified August 23, 2010 08:16
Where did all the waters go, wondered the old as well as the middle aged. This used to be a common recipe. The articulate ones reminisced that awesome flows of a middle order rivulet in a South Indian state knocked down a crowded passenger train crossing a rail bridge killing as many as 500 passengers. This was in 1963. Mohan Reddy Vishwavaram, FORUM FOR TROPICAL WATER, Hyderabad, India.
Farmers' perspectives on a changing climate — Last modified October 30, 2009 11:28
Around the world farmers are reporting that the seasons are changing. Seasons are becoming hotter and drier, rainy seasons shorter, more violent and increasingly erratic, and some temperate seasons are disappearing altogether.
Reply to M&Gs reaction — Last modified October 16, 2009 15:17
This is a reply to the text “The biotic pump physics is maturing to a novel theory of atmospheric circulation: Everybody’s invited!” by Makarieva and Gorshkov, published on 13-10-2009 on this site, in reaction to “A ‘Forests as biotic pump’ hypothesis discredited due to errors in basic atmospheric physics” by Stigter and Meesters, published on 8-10-2009.
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