Weather plays an important role in agricultural production. It has a profound influence on crop growth, development and yields; on the incidence of pests and diseases; on water needs; and on fertilizer requirements.
For optimal productivity at a given location, crops and cropping practices must be such that while their cardinal phased weather requirements match the temporal march of the relevant weather element(s), endemic periods of pests, diseases and hazardous weather are avoided. In such strategic planning of crops and cropping practices, short-period climatic data, both routine and processed (such as initial and
conditional probabilities), have a vital role to play.
Read more in GUIDE TO AGRICULTURAL METEOROLOGICAL PRACTICES.