Experiments and Data for Model Evaluation and Application

  • Gerrit HoogenboomEmail author
  • James W. Jones
  • Pierre C. S. Traore
  • Kenneth J. Boote


Crop models and decision support systems can be very useful tools for scientists, extension educators, teachers, planners and policy makers to help with the evaluation of alternative management practices. Many of the current crop ­models respond to differences in local weather conditions, soil characteristics, crop management practices and genetics. However, computer-based tools require inputs in order to provide reliable results. Especially for those new to crop modeling, the data requirements are sometimes somewhat overwhelming. In this chapter we provide a clear and concise summary of the input data requirements for crop modeling. We differentiate between requirements for model evaluation, model application and model development and improvement. For model inputs we define daily weather data, soil surface and profile characteristics, and crop management. For model evaluation and improvement we define crop performance data as it relates to growth, development, yield and yield components, as well as additional observations. We expect that this chapter will make the use and application of crop models and ­decision support systems easier for beginning modelers as well as for the more advanced users.


Crop modeling Simulation Decision support systems Minimum data set DSSAT Cropping System Model (DSSAT) CROPGRO CERES 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerrit Hoogenboom
    • 1
    Email author
  • James W. Jones
    • 2
  • Pierre C. S. Traore
    • 3
  • Kenneth J. Boote
    • 4
  1. 1.AgWeatherNet, Washington State UniversityProsserUSA
  2. 2.Department of Agricultural and Biological EngineeringUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  3. 3.International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)BamakoMali
  4. 4.Department of AgronomyUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

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