Key Points: Meteorological Variables in Agriculture

  • There are many meteorological variables that, when measured and monitored, can help increase agricultural production or mitigate disasters.
  • Degree days measure heating and cooling to reach an accepted temperature.
  • Some plants require an accumulation of cold temperatures to grow properly in spring.
  • Drought can cause large negative effects to agriculture.
  • Livestock must also be monitored for impacts based on weather.