Daily maximum and minimum air temperature, total solar radiation and daylength data from seven locations during three seasons of 3 years were used to compare 52 heat unit accumulation models with counting days as a harvest prediction method for pepper. The best model was defined as the one with the least variation, i.e. smallest coefficient of variation (CV). CV's were calculated for each method over all seasons and locations, for each method over all locations for each season, and for each method in each season at each location. In all cases heat unit accumulation methods were better than counting days. The location and season specific model was the most accurate, but the analysis over all seasons and locations did result in smaller CV's than counting days, so improved harvest prediction can be achieved by using regionally developed models.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Global and Planetary Change
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Atmospheric Science