CropOptimiser - Software for optimizing cropping choice and pattern for seasonal, climatic, agronomic and social constraints.

  

Keywords: Strategic cropping tool; Linear programming model; decision support system; El Nino southern oscillation; Software development

 
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Summary

CropOptimiser is a decision support software application developed to optimize regional cropping choice and patterns for different seasonal, climatic, agronomic and social conditions. It has been designed for regional managers and advisors of both irrigation and rainfed agricultural systems. CropOptimiser employs a linear programming (LP) algorithm to maximize fiscal profit, subject to physical and social constraints for defined cropping seasons, and climate characteristics based upon the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomena. Regional inputs include available land area, soil types, and rainfall and irrigation system diversion time-series data. Crop characteristics are defined by potential yield, water demand, soil productivity index, growing costs and yield prices. LP model constraints are easily defined using human-based terminology. The user-interface is highly graphical and interactive, with both dynamic textural reporting, and GIS-based mapping of results, including recommended cropping distributions, water-use and fiscal outputs.

 
  • Target Audience CropOptimiser is designed for regional managers and advisors of both irrigation and rainfed agricultural systems.
  • Outputs Outputs include optimised cropping patterns for different seasons, climate types and social and physical constraints. 
  • Current VersionCurrent version is 2.01 BETA. This is still a prototype software