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Agro-Meteorological Monitoring: A Study Based on Observations from Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria

Version 1 : Received: 31 December 2016 / Approved: 4 January 2017 / Online: 4 January 2017 (07:27:41 CET)

How to cite: Abulude, F.; Fagbayide, S.; Efunboade, A. Agro-Meteorological Monitoring: A Study Based on Observations from Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Preprints 2017, 2017010014 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201701.0014.v1). Abulude, F.; Fagbayide, S.; Efunboade, A. Agro-Meteorological Monitoring: A Study Based on Observations from Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. Preprints 2017, 2017010014 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201701.0014.v1).

Abstract

Agro-meteorology is the relationship between agriculture and weather. All farm activities are affected by weather. Therefore it is always necessary to monitor the weather as a forecast. The aim of the research was to monitor the weather and rainwater samples obtained at Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria. For the eight months periods, results were obtained. The mean results for the physicochemical parameters were: TDS (12.25 mg/L), temp (28.13 oC), pH (6.63), EC (24.25µS/cm), Free CO2 (24.38mg/L), nitrate (0.16mg/L), phosphate (0.17mg/L), sulphate (0.18mg/L). The rainwater was colorless and had no odor. The mean meteorological data: The prevailing wind directions were from SE, mostly in May, June, July and November and NE. The dry and wet temperatures were 22-29 oC and 20-26 oC respectively. The maximum value was observed in the month of July. The correlation matrix showed that there were many strong correlations in the physicochemical properties. The months of May, June and July had the highest wind speed. In these months there would be a need to use a windbreaker around the crops planted to avoid soil erosion and damaging of plants.

Subject Areas

rainwater; weather; windbreaker; cup anemometer; dry and wet bulb thermometers

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