Prediction of suitable crops
Use of Table I and the Appendix.
As a first step in determining whether a particular new crop (old crops are obviously suitable) may be suitable for your region, determine the life zone for the region from annual rainfall and temperature. Determine the normal pH of the soil of the region. Consult Table I and the Appendix.
A second step. Classify your environment in a less formal manner than that of Holdridge. First, classify the environment during the period of maximum rains as follows: cool (C), intermediate (IT), or hot (H). Then consult Table II for annual crops and Table III for perennial crops.
Note in Table II that irrigation changes everything. If temperatures are favorable, all vegetables can be grown in a dry climate where water is added. This is probably true of fruits as well. Note also the other considerations in the case of some of the other crops.
Finally, you can use Table IV if your region falls into one of the following categories: hot humid tropics; tropical monsoon; dry tropics; beach climate; wet, cool highlands; and dry, cool lowlands. Consult the portion of the table which corresponds to your climate and find the grains, legumes, vegetables and other crops most likely to be a success.
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