Integrated Crop Management News

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As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20; perfect vision. We often say “if we knew the weather, then we can provide the best recommendations”. Usually, we do not know the weather or we do not have the appropriate tools in place, so the questions remain unanswered. Now that we know the weather, the next important question is to determine what could have been done differently in 2015. This is an important part of understanding and evaluating production and environmental performance of our crop management decisions. In this article, we leverage our knowledge of the 2015 weather and use the APSIM cropping system model as a framework to explore alternative management options to the cropping systems used in the Yield Forecast project in an effort to understand what could have helped improve corn and soybean yields more in 2015.

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