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Analysis of Rainfall Variability in Relation to Crop Production in Maun, Botswana

MUIR – Analysis of Rainfall Variability in Relation to Crop Production in Maun, Botswana

Carly Muir

Article first published online: Spring 2015, Journal of Undergraduate Research

ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to analyze patterns of the average rainfall characteristics during the growing season in Maun before and after a climatic shift that took place in the 1970’s and to assess how this variability affects risks of crop production at specified planting dates. Plots show that the majority of the water year experienced a decrease in the mean of both rainfall total and the count of rainy days. The graph developed can show probabilities of risk within a specified range and could help farmers make decisions about which types of crops to grow and when to plant as they adapt to the new conditions.

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