MemberJune 10, 2018 at 12:47 pm
I thought that I would mention a topic discussed with my group last Tuesday.
Either if we are dealing with climate change skeptics or we are trying to reaffirm our own feelings that the climate weather is changing, the one thing that will always tell the truth is data. Data collection is the one that shows us if we are indeed seeing changes in a local, state or global level. If we follow a protocol, collect data, and make notes, we will be able to see with our own eyes if we are seeing a changing climate or not.
I would still encourage everyone to start collecting data on weather, phenological dates, yields, frosts per year, or whatever is relevant for your crop(s)!! For those of us that have been in science, we might be familiar with data collection. But if you have not or you do not know where to start, it is easy and there are plenty or free resources available! State ag agencies as well as extension faculty at the land-grant universities assist growers like us in matters of data collection and interpretation. Research what is relevant for your crop and start collecting data and notes. Also, this forum/course can be great tool to get help!
MemberJune 11, 2018 at 8:30 pm
Thanks for contributing this. I couldn’t agree more! I am tempted to put a weather station on my plot to log real-time data for my own micro-climate.
AdministratorJune 12, 2018 at 9:21 am
Thanks Joaquin! Do you have links to some of the free data collection tools you mentioned? Would be great to share! What have you noticed from the data you’ve collected and what have been the best/easiest data collection strategies that you’ve implemented?
MemberJune 13, 2018 at 12:17 am
Katie, like I said it would depend on the crop but here are a couple of links to some of the extension services that I know of:
– University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources http://ucanr.edu/
– Director of Professionals: http://ucanr.edu/Find_People/Academic_Directory/
Here, we can look by area and by discipline.
– Oregon State University, Extension Service: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/
– Small Farms, Cornell University: https://smallfarms.cornell.edu/resources/tools-and-technology/
– FAO: http://www.fao.org/climate-smart-agriculture/en/
* These websites also include postings of workshops that growers can attend.
Laura, nowadays weather stations are pretty inexpensive. Even basic sensors (temperature, relative humidity, soil moisture) are available for less than $100 and they last a long time without needing to change batteries. This would be a great idea!
I think we can use each other’s expertise to help. I offer myself for anyone that might need help with grape/perennial production to set up data collection protocols. Also, extension people can be approached free of charge and they can usually point towards free resources or protocols even if their out of state! I have corresponded with people at Cornell, Michigan University and Penn State. Many times experts are dispersed around the different institution.
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