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Modelling crop growth and yield in palm oil cultivation

Code: 9781838794682
Christopher Teh Boon Sung, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia; and Cheah See Siang, Sime Darby Research Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia

Chapter synopsis: Since the development of the first semi-mechanistic oil palm model, OPSIM, the development of new oil palm models has increased in frequency, aiming to take into account aspects of oil palm physiology and the physical processes and causal relationships between the environment and the crop. This chapter describes the development of a new oil palm growth and yield model called PySawit. The chapter discusses the evaluation of PySawit’s accuracy when its predictions were compared with several measured parameters of growth and yield in oil palm aged 1–19 years. The chapter includes a full explanation of the methodology of the model and discussion of its results.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0018.10
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Theory and model development 3 Modelling meteorology 4 Modelling photosynthesis 5 Modelling energy balance 6 Modelling soil water flow 7 Modelling crop growth 8 Model testing 9 Results and discussion 10 Conclusion 11 Where to look for further information 12 Acknowledgement 13 List of main symbols 14 References

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