Advances in weather forecasting and computer technology have improved the potential of farmers to prepare and adjust farming operations in response to a variable climate. For this potential to be realized, the complexity of decision making in agricultural systems needs to be acknowledged and the challenges facing farmers in accessing and learning to apply climate information need to be addressed.
According to Cousens and Mortimer (1995), many farmers regard weather and climate as unpredictable and beyond their control. It has therefore received little attention in its own right. Year-to-year variations are usually treated as background noise and are ignored.
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