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Publications and Research Papers
Specialty Crop Focus
Specialty Crop Growers' Views and Priorities to Manage Uncertainity in Production Systems: 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.
Happening Around the Region
Monthly North Central U.S. Climate and Drought Update Webinar Series
This is a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and climate partners monthly briefing that covers the region from the Rockies to the Great Lakes. Subject matter includes a summary of past and current conditions in terms of many climate variables like snowpack, temperatures, precipitation, etc... In addition, potential and ongoing impacts from climate phenomena will be considered across sectors (agriculture, water resources, etc...). Finally, outlook information from two weeks to the next few months/seasons will be discussed. To sign up for these webinars, please go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7395763081104006913
Note you only need to sign up once to be included in the current and following webinars. The dates of the webinars are:
Thu, Mar 15th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Apr 19th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, May 17th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Jun 21st, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Jul 19th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Aug 16th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Sep 20th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Oct 18th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CDT
Thu, Nov 15th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CST
Thu, Dec 20th, 2018 1:00 - 2:00pm CST