MAS 2015 Proceeding

Optimal crop selection and scheduling using a generic crop growth model and integer programming model

Authors:   Kasi Bharath Vegesana, Frederic D. McKenzie


Crop growth programs and crop optimizers act as important decision support tools in selecting crops and influencing farmer decision process. However the crop optimizers do not always include the crop growth models while selecting the best possible crops. In this paper we will present the equations used to model a generic crop growth model and couple it with an optimal crop scheduler, to select the best possible sequence of crops. The scheduler aims to achieve various objectives like maximizing performance, maximizing economic gain and minimizing environmental impact. Each objective has three different configurations with regards to the crop rotation and crop growth period. The results will be visualized using a Gantt chart to show the scheduling of the crops.

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