Agricultural decision support tools (DSTs) can facilitate effective, science-based decision making, and the abundance of tools focused on weather and climate-related issues has grown significantly over the last decade. Still, many weather and climate-focused DSTs are not fully utilized. Researchers surveyed thousands of Midwestern farmers and agricultural advisors to understand their DST usage, concerns and beliefs about weather risks and climate change, and general farm characteristics. From this, researchers found that advisors were more likely than farmers to use DSTs, and they identified numerous characteristics that were positively and negatively associated with DST adoption rates. These results have implications for designing more effective communication and outreach strategies to increase DST usage throughout the agricultural community.
Lu, J., Singh, A.S., Koundinya, V., Ranjan, P., Haigh, T., Getson, J.M., Klink, J., Prokopy, L.S. 2020. Explaining the use of online agricultural decision support tools with weather or climate information in the Midwestern United States. Journal of Environmental Management, 279:111758. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111758