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Agro-meteorological Report

Agro-meteorology aims to provide agriculture with technological advances in meteorology: studying the adaptation of crops to climate, the surface layer of air from ground level, the relation of time with crops, pests and diseases of crops, the influence of climate factors and elements on the phenology of crops and agricultural pests; and efficient control of the damage caused by some weather phenomena.

One of the main activities of Agricultural Meteorology is the ongoing search for the relationship between climate and crop yield; allowing to extend the application of the results obtained. Torres Ruiz, Edmundo (2011) Agro-meteorology: Trillas.

That is why since August 2013 the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), through the Agricultural Information Service (INFOAGRO) through the project "Improving the Availability of Agricultural Information to Small and Medium Producers" financed with funds from food for Progress Program of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Agricultural Science and Technology (DICTA) in coordination with the National Weather Service (SMN) make available agro-meteorological reports, which are intended to present weather conditions in major producing areas of basic grains in Honduras. This information is disseminated through email every 10 days over 1700 users.

Presented relevant information such as: weather comments (with maps), precipitation, temperature, evapotranspiration from 12 departments and 60 municipalities, moon phases, and agronomical comments.

To date, 47 newsletters have been developed, which inform in a clear and timely manner INFOAGRO and Information System and Agricultural Commodities Markets Honduras (SIMPAH) users, who have expressed their good opinions of this valuable material for decision making; showing some of them below:

"The information is illustrative, with clear language and contains sufficient and appropriate information for decision making for the benefit of producers and to avoid crop losses."

"It's helpful to know the behavior of the climate in our country, the presentation of the segmented information seems very good since you can locate the area where you work."

"Thank you for sharing the information. The newsletter is disseminated to field teams working on issues of food security, boosting the local economy and risk management. "

 These comments fill us with satisfaction and are a reason to continue to inform all those working in agriculture.