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Table 18.2 Key on-farm decisions and influence of climate information

From: Using Climate Information for Building Smallholder Resilience in India

Key decisions Key climate variable that informs the decisions
Time of sowing Onset of monsoon
Choosing of crops/crop variety Total rainfall and its intra-seasonal distribution
Irrigation management—timing of irrigation and quantity of water to be applied Total rainfall and its intra-seasonal distribution
Resource use allocation—labour and finance Total rainfall and its intra-seasonal distribution
Fertiliser application—quantity, type and stage of application Distribution of rainfall across the crop growth stages
Timing of pesticide application Wind direction and speed; rainfall distribution across crop growth stages
Time of harvest Distribution of rainfall during the crop maturation stages
  1. Source Field Data