Climate Forecasts for Corn Producer Decision Making

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2014-03-01
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Takle, Eugene
Anderson, Christopher
Andresen, Jeffrey
Angel, James
Elmore, Roger
Takle, Eugene
Gramig, Benjamin
Guinan, Patrick
Hilberg, Steven
Kluck, Doug
Massey, Raymond
Niyogi, Dev
Schneider, Jeanne
Shulski, Martha
Todey, Dennis
Widhalm, Melissa
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Corn is the most widely grown crop in the Americas, with annual production in the United States of approximately 332 million metric tons. Improved climate forecasts, together with climate-related decision tools for corn producers based on these improved forecasts, could substantially reduce uncertainty and increase profitability for corn producers. The purpose of this paper is to acquaint climate information developers, climate information users, and climate researchers with an overview of weather conditions throughout the year that affect corn production as well as forecast content and timing needed by producers. The authors provide a graphic depicting the climate-informed decision cycle, which they call the climate forecast–decision cycle calendar for corn.

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This article is from Earth Interactions 18 (2014): 1, doi:10.1175/2013EI000541.1. Posted with permission.

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