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, graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the National University of Colombia, Palmira headquarters, obtained his master's degree in Sciences, Meteorology area, at the Faculty of Sciences of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá headquarters and his doctorate in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University from the State of Washington, in the United States. With more than 20 years of experience in the practice of Agroclimatology and more of 40 published articles, was linked between 2018 and 2020 to the Cenicaña Agronomy Program and is currently a researcher associate of the Colombian Research Corporation Agriculture (AGROSAVIA) at the La Research Center Libertad, in the city of Villavicencio.

Chica Ramirez, HA

Agricultural Engineer from the University of Caldas, master's degree in Mathematics from the Technological University of Pereira and doctoral candidate in Engineering from the University of Valle. He has more than 20 years of experience in the area of ​​analysis and design of experiments, stochastic simulation and deterministic and statistical modeling of crops in the coffee and sugar sector in companies such as Cenicafé and Cenicaña. He is a speaker at national and international conferences and seminars. He currently works as head of the Cenicaña Analytics Service, performing functions in mathematical optimization and formulation of projects aimed at mathematical modeling of chains.

Cortés Betancourt., E.

Meteorological Engineer and Master in Meteorological Sciences from the Leningrad Hydrometeorological Institute, today the Russian State Hydrometeorological University. Advisor on automated weather stations and networks, applied meteorology and climatology: development of information-based products, data analysis, research, operational and training projects. Meteorologist at the Colombian Sugarcane Research Center, Cenicaña, and specialized professional at the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (IDEAM). In the sugar cane agroindustry he has participated as coordinator in the formation, operation and development of the Automated Meteorological Network (RMA); studies and projects on crop burning, training and climatological studies for the Cauca River valley.

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