82-9 Assessing Agricultural Climate Resilience: Creating a Decision Support System at the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
One of the main challenges in forecasting crop yields is to develop meaningful statistical indicators about crop condition during anomalous conditions due to the ability of plants to adapt and compensate during short period of stress. USDA-NASS is developing a Decision Support System (DSS) to identify, measure, and monitor the effect of climate variability and extreme weather events on crop yields during the growing season. The NASS DSS will emerge from the expansion of AgroClimate and integration of existing products developed by the scientific community. Agronomic parameters, soil, weather, and remote sensing data will be combined into a decision support system to develop meaningful statistical indicators about crop condition to adjust crop yield forecasts during anomalous weather conditions. The integration and adaptation of these products would greatly enhance NASS’s decision-making capability.