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Using stochastic dynamic programming to support weed management decisions over a rotation

By L. R. Benjamin, A. E. Milne, P. J. W. Lutman, David J. Parsons, J. Cussans and J. Storkey

Abstract

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

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Year: 2009
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1365-3180.2008.00678.x
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.lib.cranfield.ac.uk:1826/3251
Provided by: Cranfield CERES
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