Protocol for US Fruit and Vegetable Crop Modeling

Zhao C, Stöckle CO, Kruse J et al.
October 1, 2018

DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.28875.23849

Version: 3.0 (updated January 5, 2021 to add appendices for additional crops)

Background: Fruits and vegetables are important parts of a healthy, balanced diet in our daily lives. Climate change could impact fruit and vegetable production in the United States (US). Fruit and vegetable production could decline or increase in the current production areas. There could also be opportunities to produce fruit and vegetables in new areas of the US under future climate scenarios. Multi-model simulations (including multi-crop models and statistical models) needed to be conducted for potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, green (snap) beans, carrots, spinach, strawberries, and oranges, following standard protocols based on the AgMIP approach and protocols (

Goal: To develop a protocol to assess the climate change impact on fruit and vegetable produc- tion and potential adaptations, including possible shifts in production area in the United States.

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Version Notes:

  • Version 0.0 – Initial publication as Protocol for US Potato Simulations (June 2018)
  • Version 1.0 – Document renamed as Protocol for US Fruit and Vegetable Crop Modeling. Appendix A: Potato added (October 2018)
  • Version 2.0 – Appendix B: Tomato added (March 2019)
  • Version 3.0 – Main text revised to incorporate processes for additional crops. Appendices for Sweet Corn, Green Bean, Spinach, Carrots, Strawberry, and Orange added (January 2021)