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What We Do

  • During the growing season we provide real-time measurements and forecasts for weather, soil water and nitrogen, crop water and nitrogen, yield predictions, crop stage and heat/frost stress.
  • Before/after the growing season we benchmark production, economic, and environmental performance, estimate the yield gaps, and perform what-if scenario analysis to identify management practices with the highest profits and lowest environmental impacts.

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Why We Do It

  • To provide quantitative answers to questions that farmers commonly ask such as what is going to be the yield this year, how much nitrogen is in the soil today, do I have enough soil water for the next few days, what if I had used more nitrogen, planted more seeds, gotten more rain.
  • To improve the science behind predictive tools, ground-truth predictions, and explore different approaches to accurately forecasting yields.

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How We Do It

We combine the use of;

a) a mechanistic cropping systems model (APSIM) to simulate crop growth, soil dynamics, and crop-soil interactions,

b) actual, historical, and forecasted weather information from NDFD and CFS models,

c) frequent soil and crop measurements,

d) advanced statistical and visualization tools to disseminate the information.

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