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Climate and Weather: Specialty Crop Growers' Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems

Date: 
Monday, February 13, 2017
Category: 
News

The research below - North Central Fruit, Vegetable and Wine Growers’ Assessment of Soil and Water Vulnerability Under Changing Climate Conditions and Extreme Weather Events - has been funded by USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Midwest Climate Hub and conducted by researchers at the Iowa State University.

Specialty crops include many kinds of vegetable and fruit plants and trees, each with their own environmental preferences to thrive and be productive. These perennial and annual crops have high levels of sensitivities to the timing and distribution of temperature (frost and high heat), excess water, prolonged periods of wetness and drought, high winds, hail, and long term shifts in climate. Specialty crop growers know that their local weather and climate are the key to productive and profitable crops; and they track their local weather daily and over time to manage their crops. To better understand how growers perceive weather-based uncertainties and the impacts of variable weather on annual and longer-term production, we conducted seven face-to-face meetings with 106 US specialty crop growers and their advisors. The six technical reports below present conceptual maps and priority rankings of the concerns some US growers expressed in 2015 and 2016.

Our specialty crop concept map tech report website is now live

http://www.soc.iastate.edu/research/specialtycrops/

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Midwest Climate and Specialty Crops: Specialty Crop Leaders’ Views and Priorities for Midwest Specialty Crops. 2015. Anna Johnson and Lois Wright Morton. Sociology Technical Report 1039. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 19 pp.

Climate, Weather and Apples: Growers’ Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems. 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Daniel Cooley, Jon Clements, and Mark Gleason. Sociology Technical Report 1046. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 16 pp.

Climate, Weather and Hops. : Growers’ Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems. 2017. Lois Wright Morton, David Gent, and Mark Gleason. Sociology Technical Report 1045. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 16 pp.

Climate, Weather and Wine Grapes: Growers’ Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems. 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Walt Mahaffee, and Mark Gleason. Sociology Technical Report 1043. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 16 pp.

Climate, Weather and Strawberries: Growers’ Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems. 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Natalia Peres, Clyde Fraisse, and Mark Gleason. Sociology Technical Report 1047. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 16 pp.

Climate, Weather and Sweet Corn: Growers’ Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainty in Production Systems. 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Ajay Nair, and Mark Gleason. Sociology Technical Report 1048. Department of Sociology.  Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 16 pp.