The APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems Simulator) model has a strong track record Reef Plan activities. It was used in development of the Douglas Shire, Tully and Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plans, and is currently used in the Reef Plan Paddock to Reef (P2R) program to determine economic and water quality impacts of management practises in sugarcane. This information is used by economic and catchment modellers to develop annual Reef Plan report cards.
This project is using existing information and new data from experimentation to develop and test a banana module for APSIM. Published and unpublished data from past experiments has been sourced, and a new experimental program has been established to fill gaps in the data required in banana model development. The data requirements includes crop phenology (timing of crop stages), biomass accumulation, leaf development, flowering, fruit growth and yield, water and nitrogen uptake, root growth and crop response to water and nutrient limitations.
PROGRESS UPDATES for this project are summarised here
The Research Outcomes Report for RRRD054 is available for download from the Final Report page. This report should be cited as:
Webster, A.J., Hargreaves, J.N.G., Daniells, J.W. and Lindsay, S. (2014). Simulation of growth, development and nitrogen balance of banana in APSIM. Project RRRD054: Development of a banana modeling capability to enhance reporting of Reef Rescue outcomes. Report to the Reef Rescue Water Quality Research & Development Program. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns (26pp.).
The project results have been summarised at several Reef Rescue R&D forums, visit the Events page.