The production of New Zealand's horticulture crops and commercial vegetable production is constantly subjected to a changing climate. Increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases are likely to impact on the management and production outputs of horticultural crops.
The impacts of climate change for the main fruit crops are positive: yields, fruit size and numbers not expected to be compromised. The risk of frost damage is not expected to increase but the use of water and pressure from pests and disease are likely to be greater. More extreme weather events such as high temperatures and increased storm damage will pose a risk to production.