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Advances in crop modelling for a sustainable agriculture


Dr Kenneth Boote is Emeritus Professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Florida, USA. He is widely regarded as a pioneer in crop modelling, helping to develop the DSSAT software application program that simulates growth for over 40 different crops. He is presently serving as Co-Lead for Crop Modeling in AgMIP, the global Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project. Amongst his many distinctions, Professor Boote is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Crop Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.



Publication date:

03 December 2019

Length of book:

542 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762405

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This collection summarises key advances in crop modelling, with a focus on developing the next generation of crop and whole-farm models to improve decision making and support for farmers.

Chapters in Part 1 review advances in modelling individual components of agricultural systems, such as plant responses to environmental conditions, crop growth stage prediction, nutrient and water cycling as well as pest/disease dynamics. Building on topics previously discussed in Part 1, Part 2 addresses the challenges of combining modular sub-systems into whole farm system, landscape and regional models. Chapters cover topics such as integration of rotations and livestock, as well as landscape models such as agroecological zone (AEZ) models. Chapters also review the performance of specific models such as APSIM and DSSAT and the challenges of developing decision support systems (DSS) linked with such models. The final part of the book reviews wider issues in improving model reliability such as data sharing and the supply of real-time data, as well as crop model inter-comparison.

With its distinguished editor and range of experienced and expert chapter authors, this collection will be a standard reference for crop modellers and developers of decision support systems to improve the efficiency and sustainability of farming.

What others are saying...

“This book provides an excellent coverage of advances on key topics in crop modelling for a sustainable agriculture. The comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of current knowledge and challenges in crop modelling presented by the distinguished editor and the internationally well recognized contributing authors should become a key reference in this field of research.”
Frank Ewert, Professor of Crop Science, University of Bonn and Scientific Director of the Leibniz Center of Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany

Table of contents

Part 1 Modelling sub-systems
1.Advances and improvements in modeling plant processes: Soo-Hyung Kim and Jennifer Hsiao, University of Washington, USA; and Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz, University of Kansas, USA;
2.Functional–structural plant modeling of plants and crops: Jochem B. Evers and Leo F. M. Marcelis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
3.Improving modeling of nutrient cycles in crop cultivation: Upendra Singh and Cheryl Porter, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) and University of Florida, USA;
4.Improving modelling of water cycles in crop cultivation: Claudio O. Stöckle, Washington State University, USA; and Francisco Meza, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile;
5.Improving crop pest/disease modeling: J. M. Fernandes, Embrapa/Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil; W. Pavan, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil; D. Pequeno, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Mexico; R. Wiest, Instituto Federal Sul-Rio-grandense (IFSUL), Brazil; C. A. Holbig and F. Oliveira, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil; and G. Hoogenboom, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA;

Part 2 Developing whole farm system, landscape and regional models
6.Whole-farm system models in practice: diverse applications: Alison M. Laing, Cam K. McDonald, Andrew J. Ash and Diane B. Prestwidge, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia; and Holger Meinke, University of Tasmania, Australia;
7.The DSSAT crop modeling ecosystem: Gerrit Hoogenboom, Cheryl H. Porter, Kenneth J. Boote and Vakhtang Shelia, University of Florida, USA; Paul W. Wilkens and Upendra Singh, International Fertilizer Development Center, USA; Jeffrey W. White, USDA-ARS, USA; Senthold Asseng, University of Florida, USA; Jon I. Lizaso, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; L. Patricia Moreno, University of Florida, USA; Willingthon Pavan, Universidade de Passo Fundo, Brazil; Richard Ogoshi, University of Hawaii, USA; L. Anthony Hunt, University of Guelph, Canada; Gordon Y. Tsuji, University of Hawaii, USA; and James W. Jones, University of Florida, USA;
8.Modeling crop rotations: capturing short- and long-term feedbacks for sustainability and soil health: B. Basso and R. A. Martinez-Feria, Michigan State University, USA; and B. Dumont, University of Liege, Belgium;
9.Integrating livestock production into whole-farm system models of mixed crop–livestock systems: Katrien Descheemaeker, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands; and Lindsay Bell, CSIRO Agriculture Flagship, Australia;
10.Integrating economic simulation models with whole-farm system models for ex ante technology impact assessment: John M. Antle, Oregon State University, USA;
11.Developing climate-based decision support systems from agricultural systems models: Clyde W. Fraisse, University of Florida-Gainesville, USA; Norman E. Breuer, Catholic University Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Paraguay; and Victor Cabrera, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA;
12.Landscape models to support sustainable intensification of agroecological systems: C. Nendel and P. Zander, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany;
13.Agroecosystem models for delivering ecosystem services: Jerry L. Hatfield, Christian Dold, Erica J. Kistner-Thomas and Kenneth M. Wacha, USDA-ARS, USA;

Part 3 Modelling issues
14.Data for developing, testing, and applying crop and farm models: Frits K. van Evert, Wageningen University & Research, Agrosystems Research, The Netherlands;
15.Dealing with uncertainty in crop models: Daniel Wallach, INRA, France;
16.Crop simulation model inter-comparison and improvement: Senthold Asseng, University of Florida, USA; Pierre Martre, INRA, France; and Frank Ewert, University of Bonn and Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany;
17.The future of crop modeling for sustainable agriculture: K. J. Boote, University of Florida, USA;