Simulating cropping sequences using earth observation data

Sharp, Ryan T.; Henrys, Peter A.; Jarvis, Susan G.; Whitmore, Andrew P.; Milne, Alice E.; Coleman, Kevin; Mohankumar, Sajeev Erangu Purath; Metcalfe, Helen. 2021 Simulating cropping sequences using earth observation data. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 188, 106330. 8, pp.

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Model-based studies of agricultural systems often rely on the analyst defining realistic crop sequences. This usually involves relying on a few ‘typical rotations’ that are used in baseline scenarios. These may not account for the variation in farming practices across a region, however, as farmer decision making about which crops to grow is influenced by a combination of economic, environmental and social drivers. We describe and test an approach for generating random realisations of plausible crop sequences based on observed data as quantified by earth observation. Our approach combines crop classification data with a series of crop management rules that reflect the advice followed by farmers (e.g. to reduce the chance of crop-pests and disease). We adapt the approach to generate crop sequences specific to regions and soil type. This demonstrates how the method can be adapted to generate crop sequences typical of a study area of interest.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 0168-1699
Additional Keywords: crop rotations, Land Cover® plus: Crops, modelling, crop management, baseline scenario modelling
NORA Subject Terms: Agriculture and Soil Science
Date made live: 13 Sep 2021 16:32 +0 (UTC)

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