Climate and sugarcane productivity in the Cauca River Valley


This document describes the behavior of sugarcane productivity in the seven climatic zones of the Cauca River Valley, based on statistical agglomeration. Likewise, matters related to the effect of climatic variables on the cane tonnage per hectare (TCH) and the yield of sugar cane are briefly addressed, based on information from thirteen sugar mills over a period of twenty years. Subsequently, it is shown how these data have been used to build a production and productivity forecasting model.

About the authors

Peña Quiñones, AJ

Agricultural Engineer, Master in Meteorology from the National University of Colombia; PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from University State Washington. Work Experience as Head of Agrometrology Service at CENICAÑA.

Chica Ramirez, HA

Agricultural Engineer MSc., Biometrician of the Economic and Statistical Analysis Service (SAEE) – Colombian Sugar Cane Research Center, Cenicaña. Cauca Valley, Colombia.

Cortés Betancourt., E.

Meteorological Engineer, M.Sc., Cenicaña Meteorologist.

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