Special Issue "Challenges and Opportunities for Climate-Smart Agriculture"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2023) | Viewed by 1954

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Technosphere Security Department, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), Moscow 117198, Russia
Interests: agricultural production; productivity and efficiency analysis; agricultural insurance, agricultural statistics
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Dear Colleagues,

Agriculture is one of the core sectors of the world’s economy, responsible for the production of goods and the fulfilment of nutritional needs. Despite all the achievements of modern science and technology, agricultural production still implies a high risk caused by climatic factors that have a negative impact on yields and animal productivity.

Climate change has contributed to droughts, which have negative effects on agricultural production. The increase in average annual temperatures may also lead to a spread of pests and pathogens, as they would not be killed by cold temperatures. However, climate change has led to a decline in insect populations. Many insects are pollinators of crops and perennial plants and, therefore, are critical for crop production.

A decrease in precipitation along with an increase in the annual average temperature creates conditions that dramatically elevate the risk and severity of fires.

On the other hand, some territories experience more rainfall, which causes freshets and floods, changes in atmospheric circulation and, therefore, hurricanes and storms. Flooding affects agricultural lands, causing waterlogging that results in low yields.

This Special Issue aims to solicit original contributions from academics, practitioners and other stakeholders providing theoretical and empirical analyses focusing on challenges and opportunities for climate-smart agriculture. The editor encourages submissions presenting applications of statistical, econometric analyses and mathematical modeling to the topic of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Nosov
Guest Editor

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  • sustainable development
  • climate risks
  • food security
  • agricultural insurance
  • yield
  • animal productivity
  • agricultural ecology
  • plant protection
  • digitalization in agriculture
  • statistical, econometric and mathematical modeling

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16 pages, 1489 KiB  
Influence of Heat Stress and Water Availability on Productivity of Silage Maize (Zea mays L.) under Different Tillage and Fertilizer Management Practices in Rostov Region of Russia
Agronomy 2023, 13(2), 320; https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy13020320 - 20 Jan 2023
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The aridization of the climate negatively affects the growth and development of plants and their productivity. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of heat stress and water availability on maize for silage under aridization and to find out the [...] Read more.
The aridization of the climate negatively affects the growth and development of plants and their productivity. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of heat stress and water availability on maize for silage under aridization and to find out the effectiveness of technological methods to maximize the use of available moisture. A long-term multifactorial experiment was performed during the period 1991–2020 in the region south of Rostov, Russia. The long-term multifactorial experiment is located in a zone of high heat supply and insufficient moisture, so the latter factor limits the yield of corn and dictates the need to find solutions to increase its environmental sustainability in extreme weather conditions. The values of the hydrothermal coefficient (HTC) were determined for the period of maize cultivation for each year of the study, ranked in ascending order and grouped into clusters. The results were mathematically processed by calculating the mean values (M) and their standard deviations (±SEM) with Statistica 13.3 software. The optimum conditions for silage maize development were found under the combination of 265 mm of rainfall and a 19.8 °C average temperature during the growing season. The maximum yield of silage maize was 33.8–45.2 t ha−1. In dry years (HTC = 0.3), tillage had an advantage: the yield increase was 0.2–1.6 t ha−1. In wet years, moldboard tillage was preferable: the yield increase was 0.3–2.9 t ha−1. The application of farmyard manure for fertilization increased the yield by 10.5–41.9%. Increasing the fertilizer rate by 1.5 times increased the yield by 21.0–59.8%. In drought, tillage and average fertilizer rate provided returns by increasing yields up to 7.7 kg/kg. Our study provides valuable recommendations in fodder production, promotes moisture conservation, preserves soil fertility on the slopes when cultivating corn for silage, and will be useful to specialists in improving the efficiency of agricultural production. Full article
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