Crop Resilience to Climate Change

Abhijeet Modi/ October 9, 2021/ Blog

Crop growth and crop yield you expect during the harvest season depend largely on the current climate. As the weather shifts, crop production also changes. While some crops are strong enough to adapt to the changing weather and fluctuating temperature seamlessly, other crops do not give the yield you might have expected if the weather fluctuates frequently. One of the reasons why resilient crops are highly recommended for farmers is that these crops give you the certainty that no matter the weather and climate, crop production will remain unaffected by these changes. Despite the clear benefits, farmers are pretty hesitant to stick to resilient crops solely. That’s when the GIS comes into the picture.

Geographic Information System is one of the advanced technologies in the agricultural industry, designed to help farmers predict the weather and climate changes ahead of time. Before they even begin the cultivation, they can use the GIS to predict the weather and make sound decisions regarding which crops to cultivate, how much land to cover, and what can be done to protect the crops from the fluctuating weather. Now that you know about the weather changes, you can get a more accurate and reliable estimate of the crop yield and plan your production accordingly. This application of GIS can bring a big change to your overall production and make things a lot easier and smoother for the farmers, thus minimizing the losses and making the agricultural process hassle-free.

Better Crop Production with GIS

To put it in simple words, GIS has made it possible for farmers to see the bigger picture and determine crop production by identifying the potential weather fluctuations in the coming days. The main goal of GIS in the agricultural industry is to promote sustainable farming practices and make the agricultural industry as eco-friendly and profitable as possible, not only for the farmers but consumers as well. After all, the weather fluctuations play a significant part in determining the quality of the crops (in addition to their production quantity).

It improves the quality of nutrients customers receive from the crops.  The farmers’ lack of potential to take on risks and the lack of resources to practice sustainable farming are two of the main causes of the wide gaps between the expected and actual yields.

Not only does it cause a significant loss to the farmers, but this difference in production affects the agricultural market and the whole economy. Given these restrictions, it’s not possible for farmers to produce enough crops for the market. As a result, they do not consider going global. Not all crops are resilient to changing climates, in fact, a vast majority of crops do not produce the expected results because of the fluctuating weather, which is why GIS mapping is used to predict the weather fluctuations that may affect the crop yield, quality, production, and other elements in the future. Based on this information, the farmers can make changes to their cultivation plans.

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