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04-483TX  Project Manager: E. M. Barnes

THE CROP-WEATHER PROGRAM FOR SOUTH TEXAS: INTERNET-BASED TOOLS FOR IMPROVING CROP MANAGEMENT DECISIONS IN COTTON PRODUCTION

Carlos J. Fernandez, Texas AgriLife Research

Crop managers are challenged to become more efficient through better decision-making, as farming is faced with a rapidly changing and highly competitive marketing environment. Computer-assisted decision support systems can be important tools in the decision-making process in farming, as these can assist crop-managers deal with environmental variability and the complex nature of soil-crop-pest-environment interactions. In September of 1999, taking advantage of the opportunities brought by the Internet and the World Wide Web for developing new and more effective approaches for transferring technology, we began developing the Crop-Weather Program (CWP) for South Texas. The Crop-Weather Program was launched in March 2000 and delivered to crop managers in the Coastal Bend and Upper Coast of Texas through its Web site cwp.tamu.edu. The primary goal of The Crop-Weather Program was to provide cotton growers easy access to: (a) weather data collected by a network of weather stations, and (b) a suite of powerful numerical calculation/simulation tools for generating field-specific information regarding the crop and its environment. This report describes the accomplishments regarding these activities along with an update about adoption of the Crop-Weather Program for South Texas. Data collection from the network of weather stations continued as planned and the fully automated system for retrieval, inspection, and upload of data to weather databases residing at the CWP servers continues to perform well. Quarterly visual inspections of data and scheduled weather station maintenance somewhat declined due to loss of personnel assigned to this project. Eight new weather stations were installed in 2012, two serving the Weslaco Center and surrounding production area, and another six supplied by the East Foundation and located also in South Texas. The number of registered users of the Crop-Weather Program for South Texas increased to 1,466; a 7.6% increase since November 2011.

 

Project Year: 2012
 

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