The DSSAT Short Course on Cropping System Models was held at ICRISAT, Patancheru 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India from December 5th-9th, 2011.
Participants learned the basic functions of a Cropping System Model, gained understanding of basic concepts of modeling crops and soils, received specialized, hands-on training in the DSSAT Cropping System Model and its applications, learned how to make use of cropping system models to evaluate long term field experiments, and learned how to use the models for applications in water and nutrient management and climate change issues.
The topics covered in the Course were:
1. Overview of cropping systems models and DSSAT software.
2. Modeling climate effects on crop growth and potential yield.
3. Simulating soil water dynamics and crop responses.
4. Analysis of crop water requirements and water productivity as affected by climate, soil properties, and management.
5. Simulating soil N and carbon dynamics and crop responses to N.
6. Experiments and data requirements for adapting and using crop models for new regions and situations.
7. Genetic factors affecting crop productivity, water and nutrient use.
8. Analyzing risks and uncertainities due to climate variability.
9. Seasonal analysis and simulating crop rotations for sustainable production.
10. Hands-on analyses of cropping systems for these topics.
A flyer for the event can be found here