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On the Economic Nature of Crop Production Decisions Using the Oklahoma Mesonet

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  • 1 Oklahoma Climatological Survey, Norman, Oklahoma
  • | 2 University of Texas Pan-American, Edinburg, Texas
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Abstract

Because of the sensitivity of agricultural production to both short-term weather and long-range climatic patterns, the availability of reliable and relevant meteorological data and climate products can potentially affect the entire production process. This study focuses on the use of information from a dense meteorological network—the Oklahoma Mesonet—and its AgWeather program in support of agricultural production decisions. Production decisions that are particularly dependent on information from the Mesonet are identified. Producers in Oklahoma are influenced by Mesonet data at several levels, including agricultural policy, production choices, and risk management. Additionally, producers use the Mesonet to attain their financial goals, through such measures as cost saving and maximization of quality and quantity, in addition to others. Potential savings from Mesonet data for the state’s agricultural sector are also estimated.

Corresponding author address: Kimberly E. Klockow, Suite 2900, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73072. Email: kklockow@ou.edu

Abstract

Because of the sensitivity of agricultural production to both short-term weather and long-range climatic patterns, the availability of reliable and relevant meteorological data and climate products can potentially affect the entire production process. This study focuses on the use of information from a dense meteorological network—the Oklahoma Mesonet—and its AgWeather program in support of agricultural production decisions. Production decisions that are particularly dependent on information from the Mesonet are identified. Producers in Oklahoma are influenced by Mesonet data at several levels, including agricultural policy, production choices, and risk management. Additionally, producers use the Mesonet to attain their financial goals, through such measures as cost saving and maximization of quality and quantity, in addition to others. Potential savings from Mesonet data for the state’s agricultural sector are also estimated.

Corresponding author address: Kimberly E. Klockow, Suite 2900, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., Oklahoma Climatological Survey, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 73072. Email: kklockow@ou.edu

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