Agrometeorological Aspects of Organic Agriculture, Urban Agriculture, Indoor Agriculture and Precision Agriculture
There has been a steady change in the nature of food production over the last few years. In all regions of the world there has been a shift towards organic production methods by limited numbers of producers with a view to a more earth-friendly form of production. There has also been a world-wide development of urban agriculture, particularly in regions with rapidly increasing urban populations, and difficulty in deriving maximum benefit from rural resources to feed the urban population. Likewise, the increase in indoor production has been marked over the last decade. Indoor production allows greater control over external influences, and an ability to time the harvest for maximum economic return. For those areas with large scale arable production, the introduction of precision agriculture has lead to a new way of farming, where the farmer worries about detail and variability, and tries to work more closely with the environment to achieve the best gross margin. Each of these forms of agriculture present a new challenge to the agrometeorological community. The challenge includes understanding what the farming system is, how it works, and what interactions are influential between the farmer and the weather in determining the success of the operation.
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