i-Three Issue Corps 2016 – Reducing Climate Risk in Agriculture: the Power of Phenology

Clyde Fraisse

Associate Professor

University of Florida, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

What is the change you are designing to achieve?

The main change I am aiming at is to have farmers using crop development simulations to consider the risk of extreme climate events when developing a strategy for their cropping season.

How will you measure that change?

This project is too short to measure change but we will estimate the potential change in practices by monitoring the use of web-based tools and apps.

What is the innovative component or strategy you will implement as a result of the design-a-thon?

Concept mapping, I really think that the use of concept mapping can help me explain the idea to collaborators.

How did the design-a-thon help you?

In many ways, first I think that it opened up opportunities for collaboration outside Florida. Also I learned a lot from the keynote speakers.

Summary:

The combination of crop phenology and climate information can be a powerful tool for reducing risks associated with extreme climate events. Our goal is to co-develop solutions with extension faculty and producers to quantify and analyze risk associated with extreme events such as high temperature, dry spells, and extreme rainfall in conjunction with crop development phases. Basically we want to answer typical growers’ questions such as what is the probability that we will have a dry spell during tasseling of a corn crop planted on a given date in Marianna, FL?

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