Development of an oil palm cropping systems model: lessons learned and future directions

Huth, Neil I., Banabas, Murom, Nelson, Paul N, and Webb, Michael (2014) Development of an oil palm cropping systems model: lessons learned and future directions. Environmental Modelling & Software, 62. pp. 411-419.

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Oil palm has become one of the most important crops in the world with questions being raised about its economic and environmental sustainability. Agricultural systems models are regularly employed in studying sustainable crop management but no detailed model is currently available for oil palm systems. We developed a production systems model for oil palm within the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) framework and tested it using data across a range of environments within Papua New Guinea (PNG). The model captured key growth responses to climate and management. This demonstrates that modern modelling frameworks do allow for rapid model development for new agricultural systems. However, whilst application of the model is promising, the availability of key data is likely to restrict its use. Local soil and weather data are not available in adequate detail for many of the major oil palm production areas, although some methods exist to address this.

Item ID: 34191
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6726
Keywords: APSIM; Elaeis guineensis; yield components; inflorescence abortion; sex determination; source-sink relationships; nitrogen response
Funders: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR SMCN-2009-013
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2014 01:22
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070103 Agricultural Production Systems Simulation @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070301 Agro-ecosystem Function and Prediction @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820399 Industrial Crops not elsewhere classified @ 60%
82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8298 Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production > 829802 Management of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Plant Production @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management @ 20%
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