Scheduling harvesting operations

Climate change and projected temperature increase is expected to have significant effects on agricultural production and crop phenology. Establishment of crop systems with phenological responses that avoid overlapping in the harvesting phase is a key stage for better adaptation as it helps to secure a quality yield. Crop production and quality in low nutrient/water availability conditions can be improved through ecological interactions such as facilitation of resource acquisition. However, species or varieties must be selected to ensure that their functional traits and resource acquisition are complementary and the overlap of accelerated sowing and harvest dates are avoided in multiple cropping systems.

Further reading:

Kumar, R. Singh, V.P., Jhajharia, D., Mirabbasi, R. 2019. Applied Agricultural Practices for Mitigating Climate Change; CRC Press, 282 pp.