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Decision support tools for agricultural producers managing climate related risks

Smith, E. L., Audet, R., Hardin, R., Brouillette, P., and McDonald, B. Nov. 4-7, 2018. Decision support tools for agricultural producers managing climate related risks. American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) International Annual Meeting: Enhancing Productivity in a Changing Climate. Baltimore, Maryland.

Abstract

Agricultural production depends largely on weather and climate for its success. Our variable climate in the Atlantic Canadian region is creating challenges for producers when trying to manage weather and climate related risks. For this reason, a website (and App) called AgWeather Atlantic (http://atl.agrometeo.org) was created to help producers and crop advisors in the region obtain local, accurate, real-time weather data, and decision support tools for on-farm planning when it comes to planting, fertilizer applications, harvesting, and pest management. AgWeather Atlantic tailors weather data to producer’s needs with information on crop heat units, frost alerts, crop reports, as well as pest management information. Having access to decision support tools using real-time data has been a benefit for producers and crop advisors when trying to make important business risk management decisions. AgWeather Atlantic is constantly being expanded upon to meet the current needs when it comes to gaps in weather data, emerging pests and potential new tools. AgWeather Atlantic is providing producers with on-line decision support tools to help reduce on-farm environmental and economic risks. Tools currently are contributing to improved environmental performance and support on-going adaptation to climate change.

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