A - Papers appearing in refereed journals
Benjamin, L. R., Milne, A. E., Parsons, D. J., Cussans, J. and Lutman, P. J. W. 2009. Using stochastic dynamic programming to support weed management decisions over a rotation. Weed Research. 49 (2), pp. 207-216.
|Authors||Benjamin, L. R., Milne, A. E., Parsons, D. J., Cussans, J. and Lutman, P. J. W.|
This study describes a model that predicts the impact of weed management on the population dynamics of arable weeds over a rotation and presents the economic consequences. A stochastic dynamic programming optimisation is applied to the model to identify the management strategy that maximises gross margin over the rotation. The model and dynamic programme were developed for the weed management decision support system -'Weed Manager'. Users can investigate the effect of management practices (crop, sowing time, weed control and cultivation practices) on their most important weeds over the rotation or use the dynamic programme to evaluate the best theoretical weed management strategy. Examples of the output are given in this paper, along with discussion on their validation. Through this study, we demonstrate how biological models can (i) be integrated into a decision framework and (ii) deliver valuable weed management guidance to users.
|Keywords||Agronomy; Plant Sciences|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Journal citation||49 (2), pp. 207-216|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1111/j.1365-3180.2008.00678.x|
|Open access||Published as non-open access|
|Funder||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council|
|Glasgow Caledonian and the Scottish Agricultural College|
|Dow AgroSciences Ltd.|
|DEFRA - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs UK|
|HGCA - Home Grown Cereals Authority|
|Funder project or code||PDM|
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