Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Helpful Farming Model: How to decrease your water foot while maximizing crop yield.

Presenter Information

Paige MorganFollow

Class

Article

Graduation Year

2019

College

S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

Department

Environment and Society Department

Faculty Mentor

Christopher Lant

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a model called Aquacrop. This model is designed for the everyday farmer to use as a tool to help maximize crop yield while conserving water. This research tests Aquacrop's ability to predict crop yield, by comparing the statistics gather by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the historical crop yield, to what Aquacrop forecasts the yield should have been during that year. Once the closest outcome between the two is found, the minimum amount of water needed to create that yield can be shown as well.

This research shows Aquacrop can come within a 10% range of the true statistical outcome of past crop yields. As for the watering of the produce, the model shows that there is a large range of over watering that can occur before a decline affect in crop production can be seen. Proving, that Aquacrop can provide not only environmental savings, but financial savings as well to the local farmer.

Location

Room 154

Start Date

4-13-2017 9:00 AM

End Date

4-13-2017 10:15 AM

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Helpful Farming Model: How to decrease your water foot while maximizing crop yield.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) created a model called Aquacrop. This model is designed for the everyday farmer to use as a tool to help maximize crop yield while conserving water. This research tests Aquacrop's ability to predict crop yield, by comparing the statistics gather by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the historical crop yield, to what Aquacrop forecasts the yield should have been during that year. Once the closest outcome between the two is found, the minimum amount of water needed to create that yield can be shown as well.

This research shows Aquacrop can come within a 10% range of the true statistical outcome of past crop yields. As for the watering of the produce, the model shows that there is a large range of over watering that can occur before a decline affect in crop production can be seen. Proving, that Aquacrop can provide not only environmental savings, but financial savings as well to the local farmer.