Agriculture is significantly influenced by the weather and as the world's population increases, every fluctuation of food quantity and quality incurs serious economic consequences which could ultimately lead to major social problems. Agronomists as a result, seek information on yields and how the effects of adverse weather conditions on crops can be ameliorated by cultural and agronomical practices. The influence of the main weather factors on growth processes of the plants and their yields is the primary theme of this book with emphasis on the critical periods when yield formation is most sensitive to effects of weather. The book explores energy management and demonstrates how farmers must concentrate more on the protection of the atmosphere and on environmental conservation than on increasing the amount of energy spent in production since the latter is drawn from non-renewable fossil sources. All this requires improved knowledge of atmospheric processes and their action on the production processes in field crops. This book contributes to the efforts of these phenomena, their interactions and implications.
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology