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Crop rotation planning tool for organic farms

Bachinger, J. and Zander, P. (2001) Crop rotation planning tool for organic farms. In: Steffe, J. (Ed.) Proceeding of the third European Conference of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment (EFITA 2001), 1, pp. 89-94.

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To support the development and expansion of organic farming, more research is needed to optimise the function and practices of individual farms. Furthermore, it is important to assess the ecological effects of organic farming on a regional scale in order to show potential ad-vantages of organic farming compared to conventional farming. Both issues require model-ling of cropping methods and crop rotations. The authors present a rule-based model for the generation of site-specific and agronomically suitable crop rotations. Site-specific estimation modules for yields, nitrogen balance, risk of weed problems, phytosanitary restrictions for crop rotations, and economic costs and benefits allow the generation and selection of eco-nomically optimal, site-specific organic crop rotations. A stand-alone version of the model is presented, but the algorithms are also used within a linear programming farm model.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:rotation, Fruchtfolge, Fruchtfolgeplanung, crop rotation, planning, cropping methods
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Indicators and other value-laden measures
Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Research affiliation: Germany > Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research - ZALF
Related Links:http://www.zalf.de/lsd/fr_lsd_b.htm, http://genie.ensam.inra.fr/efita2001/default.htm
Deposited By: Bachinger, Dr. Johann
ID Code:948
Deposited On:04 Aug 2003
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:27
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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