Agroclimatic zoning of the state of Nayarit, México

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Mayra Mendoza Cariño
Ana Laura Bautista Olivas
Daniel Mendoza Cariño
Carlos Alberto Ortíz Solorio
Héctor Duarte Tagles
Gerardo Cruz Flores


Agriculture productivity in the state of Nayarit has decreased since 1998. The aim of the study was to undertake the agroclimatic zoning across the state in order to determine the type of crops more convenient to render the highest yields, based on Papadakis climate classification system. Hydric and thermal characteristics pertaining to the geographic distribution of crops were used, as well as indexes derived from meteorological data provided by 25 climate stations. There were three climatic groups identified: tropical, subtropical and cold land, having four, three and two subgroups each, respectively. First two climatic groups support winter cereals such as oat (Avena sativa L.), barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), rye (Secale cereale L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.); and summer cereals such as corn (Zea mays L.), millet (Panicum italicum L.), rice (Oryza sativa L.) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench); in addition to banana (Musa paradisiaca L.), citrus and potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) and sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum L.). On the other hand, corn and potato were found in the cold land climatic group. Based on Papadakis’ methodology, for each climatic sub-group identified, a set of recommendation management were given to improve yields: crop type, sowing season, irrigation, fertilizing and other agrochemicals application; and to avoid crop damage. Agroclimatic zoning map was generated by using the inverse distance weighted interpolation method. This study may contribute to the successful planning of crops across the region and thus improving the state’s economy.


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Mayra Mendoza Cariño, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.

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Ana Laura Bautista Olivas, Universidad de Sonora. Departamento de Agricultura y Ganadería. Carretera Bahía de Kino Hermosillo km 22, Apartado postal 305, Hermosillo, Sonora, México.

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Daniel Mendoza Cariño, Universidad Tecnológica de Tecamachalco. Avenida Universidad Tecnológica 1, Barrio la Villita, Código postal 75483 Tecamachalco, Puebla.


Carlos Alberto Ortíz Solorio, Colegio de Postgraduados. Campus Montecillo, Carretera México-Texcoco km 36.5, Montecillo, Texcoco, Código postal 56230, Estado de México, México.

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Héctor Duarte Tagles, Universidad de Sonora. Universidad de Sonora, División de Ciencias Biológicas y de la Salud, Unidad Regional Centro, Apartado postal 305, Hermosillo, Sonora, México.


Gerardo Cruz Flores, Facultad de Estudios Superiores Zaragoza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Batalla 5 de mayo, sin número, esquina Fuerte de Loreto, colonia Ejército de Oriente, Iztapalapa, Código postal 09230, Ciudad de México, México.

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