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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:

19 November 2019

Length of book:

420 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786762405

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

Chapters review advances in modelling individual components of agricultural systems such as plant responses to environmental conditions, crop growth stages, nutrient and water cycles as well as pest/disease dynamics. The book also addresses the challenges of combining modular sub-systems into whole farm system models, including integration of rotations, intercropping and livestock. Chapters also review the performance of specific models such as APSIM and DSSAT and the challenges of developing decision support systems (DSS) from such models. The book also considers landscape models such as agroecological zone (AEZ) models and Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA). 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.

Key features

  • Focus on development of next generation of whole farm models to improve decision making and support for farmers 
  • Addresses the challenges of combining modular sub-systems into whole farm system models 
  • Reviews the performance of specific models such as APSIM and DSSAT

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.Improving modelling of plant processes: Soo Hyung Kim, University of Washington, USA;
2.Improving models of plant growth and architecture: Jochem Evers, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
3.Incorporating genetic information in crop models: Bangyou Zheng, CSIRO, Australia;
4.Improving modelling of nutrient cycles: Upendra Singh, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), USA;
5.Improving modelling of water cycles in crop cultivation: Claudio Stockle, Washington State University, USA;
6.Improving crop pest/disease modelling: Jose Mauricio Fernandes, EMBRAPA, Brazil;

Part 2 Developing whole farm system models
7.Key challenges in combining modular subsystems into whole system farm models: Marcello Donatelli, CREA-AA, Italy;
8.Whole farm system models in practice: APSIM: Holger Meinke, University of Tasmania, Australia;
9.Whole farm system models in practice: DSSAT: Gerrit Hoogenboom, University of Florida, USA;
10.Modelling crop rotations: long-term feedbacks for sustaining yield and soil properties: Bruno Basso, Michigan State University, USA;
11.Integrating livestock production into whole farm system models of mixed crop-livestock systems: Katrien Descheemaeker, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
12.Integrating economic simulation models into whole farm system models: John Antle, Oregon State University, USA;
13.Developing decision support systems (DSS) from crop and farm models: Clyde Fraisse, University of Florida, USA;

Part 3 Developing larger scale models
14.Developing landscape models to model agroecological systems: Claas Nendel, Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany;
15.Developing regional models of agroecological systems: Coordinated Global and Regional Assessments (CGRA): Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS, USA;

Part 4 Modelling issues
16.Improving data sharing for developing, testing, and improving crop and farm models: Frits van Evert, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
17.Improving databases for model application for crop and farm models: Amor Ines, Columbia University, USA;
18.Dealing with uncertainty in crop models: Daniel Wallach, INRA, France;
19.Crop model inter-comparison and improvement: S. Asseng, University of Florida, USA;
20.The future of crop modelling for sustainable agriculture: Kenneth Boote, University of Florida, USA;