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Simulation Models as Tools for Crop Management

  • Herman van Keulen
  • Senthold AssengEmail author
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Part of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability Science and Technology Series book series (ESSTS)


Decision support system (DSS)

a class of information systems (including but not limited to computerized systems) that support business and organizational decision-making activities. A properly designed DSS is an interactive software-based system intended to help decision-makers compile useful information from a combination of raw data, documents, personal knowledge, or business models to identify and solve problems and make decisions

Farming system

the particular mix of agricultural activities in which a farm household engages


simplified mathematical description of a system

Operational crop management

decisions concerned with daily activities of the farm, in response to the current state of the system and the (anticipated) environment


building a model and studying its dynamic behavior

Strategic crop management

decisions with respect to agroecosystems on the basis of the expected long-term performance of these systems, as influenced by the natural resource base...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chairgroup Plant Production SystemsWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Business Unit Agrosystems Research, Plant Research InternationalWageningen University and Research CentreWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Institute of Food and Agricultural SciencesUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Roxana Savin
    • 1
  • Gustavo Slafer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Crop and Forest Sciences and AGROTECNIO, (Center for Research in Agrotechnology)University of LleidaLleidaSpain
  2. 2.Department of Crop and Forest SciencesUniversity of LleidaLleidaSpain

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