Modeling the Growth and Development of Sorghum and Pearl Millet

Virmani, S M and Tandon, H L S and Alagarswamy, G (1989) Modeling the Growth and Development of Sorghum and Pearl Millet. Technical Report. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

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The 1980s have witnessed substantial increases in food production. This has raised expectations that improved systems of farming will be rapidly adopted by small farmers in developing countries. The agroecological environment of such farms is fragile and the farmers are resource-poor. Therefore, strategies recommended for increasing food production must be ecologically sound and should result in sustainable agriculture. System modeling can greatly expedite the search for improved development strategies. Recent advances in crop modeling have made it possible to simulate yields and growth of several crops under varied soil and weather conditions with different management practices. This bulletin describes the framework of CERES (Crop Estimation Through Resource and Environment Synthesis) models developed by the International Benchmark Sites Network for Agrotechnology Transfer ( IBSNAT) and The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi- Ar i d Tropics ( ICRISAT) . Recent wor k on the simulation of nitrogen transformation in soils at the International Fertilizer Development Center ( IFDC) is discussed. A section on risk analyzes the cost-benefit implications of various inputs for increased crop production. RESCAP—a resource capture model developed at ICRISAT Center is presented. This publication is a cogent source book on the current status of development of CERES and RESCAP models, their data needs, outputs, and applications.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2011 08:58
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 08:58
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