Incorporating the Canegro sugarcane model into the DSSAT V4 cropping system model framework.
Canegro is a leading sugarcane crop simulation model and has been used extensively in agronomic research and management. The model has been under development since the late 1980s at the South African Sugarcane Research Institute (SASRI). The Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) is a software package containing models for a wide range of field crops, and utilities for processing, storing and analysing model inputs and outputs. Canegro was included as part of version 3.1 of DSSAT in the mid-1990s. The SASRI Canegro model was subsequently developed further, but these changes were never integrated, nor incorporated, into DSSAT. DSSAT has also developed substantially, and as of version 4 adopted a modular Cropping System Model (CSM) structure, providing numerous scientific and practical advantages over previous non-modular versions. The DSSAT-Canegro v.3 model was not modified to use this modular structure. Following recognition of the advantages offered by DSSAT and its modular CSM, a project was initiated to incorporate the Canegro model into the DSSAT CSM. The project entailed: (i) restructuring and integrating the current Canegro plant growth and development code into the DSSAT v4 CSM modular framework, making use of its generic modules for management, soil, weather and the energy balance; (ii) verification of DSSAT CSM Canegro model results against the current SASRI version of Canegro to ensure that the new model produced similar results to the original model, for a set of simulated situations; and (iii) evaluation of the new DSSAT CSM Canegro model against experimental datasets. The new DSSAT v4 CSM Canegro model has been verified to behave identically to the SASRI Canegro model when the water balance is not modelled and growth can occur at climatic potential rates. When the water balance is simulated but where the crop is not stressed, near identical output is produced by both models. Under water-stressed conditions, some discrepancies appear between the two models, due to differences in the calculation of reference evaporation, soil surface evaporation and runoff. Validation of the new model against data from 16 experimental crops produced root mean squared errors of 6.62 t ha-1 for stalk dry mass and 3.59 t ha-1 for sucrose mass – very similar to published values for Canegro. This project has yielded a functional, well-documented, maintainable and user-friendly version of the Canegro model, which is available for universal use via the official release of the DSSAT v4.5.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Kabeto, Mieso Denko. (2000)This thesis addresses a novel type of network known as a mobile ad hoc network. A mobile ad hoc network is a collection of entirely mobile nodes that can establish communication in the absence of any fixed infrastructu ...
Naicker, Theo. (2002)New computer technologies are applied to the classical material engineering two-body abrasive wear process. The computer simulation provides an interactive and visual representation of the wear process. The influence of ...
Keildson, Sarah. (2006)The face of animal breeding has changed significantly over the past few decades. Traditionally, the genetic improvement of both plant and animal species focussed on the selective breeding of individuals with superior ...