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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Impact of Climate Warming on Cotton Growth and Yields in China and Pakistan: A Regional Perspective

Arshad, Adnan; Raza, Muhammad Ali; Zhang, Yue; Zhang, Lizhen; Wang, Xuejiao; Ahmed, Mukhtar; Habib-ur-Rehman, Muhammad


Year to year change in weather poses serious threats to agriculture globally, especially in developing countries. Global climate models simulate an increase in global temperature between 2.9 to 5.5 degrees C till 2060, and crop production is highly vulnerable to climate warming trends. Extreme temperature causes a significant reduction in crop yields by negatively regulating the crop phenology. Therefore, to evaluate warming impact on cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production and management practices, we quantified agrometeorological data of 30 years by applying multiple crop modelling tools to compute the expected rise in temperature, impact of crop phenology, yield loss, provision of agrometeorology-services, agronomic technologies, and adaptation to climate-smart agriculture. Model projections of 15 agrometeorology stations showed that the growing duration of the sowing-boll opening and sowing-harvesting stages was reduced by 2.30 to 5.66 days decade(-1) and 4.23 days decade(-1), respectively, in Pakistan. Temperature rise in China also advanced the planting dates, sowing emergence, 3-5 leaves, budding anthesis, full-bloom, cleft-boll, boll-opening, and boll-opening filling by 24.4, 26.2, 24.8, 23.3, 22.6, 15.8, 14.6, 5.4, 2.9, and 8.0 days. Furthermore, present findings exhibited that the warming effect of sowing-harvest time was observed 2.16 days premature, and delayed for 8.2, 2.4, and 5.3 days in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s in China. APSIM-cotton quantification revealed that the sowing, emergence, flowering, and maturity stages were negatively correlated with temperature -2.03, -1.93, -1.09, and -0.42 days degrees C-1 on average, respectively. This study also provided insight into the adaptation of smart and better cotton by improving agrotechnological services.


agrometeorology; temperature increase; cotton phenology; climate-smart management; APSIM-cotton crop modelling

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2021, volume: 11, number: 2, article number: 97
Publisher: MDPI

Authors' information

Arshad, Adnan
China Agricultural University
Raza, Muhammad Ali
Sichuan Agricultural University
Zhang, Yue
China Agricultural University
Zhang, Lizhen
China Agricultural University
Wang, Xuejiao
Xinjiang Agro-meteorological Observatory
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University
Habib-ur-Rehman, Muhammad
University of Bonn

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Agricultural Science

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