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Development and use of a barley crop simulation model to evaluate production management strategies in north-eastern Australia

Goyne, P.J., Meinke, H., Milroy, S.P.ORCID: 0000-0002-3889-7058, Hammer, G.L. and Hare, J.M. (1996) Development and use of a barley crop simulation model to evaluate production management strategies in north-eastern Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 47 (7). pp. 997-1015.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1071/AR9960997
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Abstract

A study was undertaken to identify improved management strategies for barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), particularly in relation to time of planting, location, and frost risk in the variable climate of north-eastern Australia. To achieve this objective, a crop growth simulation model (QBAR) was constructed to integrate the understanding, gained from field experiments, of the dynamics of crop growth as influenced by soil moisture and environmental variables. QBAR simulates the growth and yield potential of barley grown under optimal nutrient supply, in the absence of pests, diseases, and weeds. Genotypic variables have been determined for 4 cultivars commonly grown in the northern cereal production areas. Simulations were conducted using long- term weather data to generate the probabilistic yield outcome of cv. Grimmer for a range of times of planting at 10 locations in the north-eastern Australian grain belt. The study indicated that the common planting times used by growers could be too late under certain circumstances to gain full yield potential. Further applications of QBAR to generating information suitable for crop management decision support packages and crop yield forecasting are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: CSIRO
Copyright: © CSIRO 1996
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/48569
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