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Journal of Agronomy
Year: 2016  |  Volume: 15  |  Issue: 3  |  Page No.: 130 - 135

Estimating Cultivar Coefficients of a Spring Wheat Using GenCalc and GLUE in DSSAT

O.M. Ibrahim, A.A. Gaafar, Asal M. Wali, M.M. Tawfik and Marwa M. El-Nahas    

Abstract: Background and Objective: Crop simulation models are used for simulating crop growth as affected by management and climate. Simulating the growth of a certain variety in a certain soil, climate and management needs specific parameters of that variety due to the genetic variations among varieties, which are called genetic coefficients. Methodology: Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) cropping system model has two programs for estimating specific parameters of a variety. Genotype coefficient calculator (GenCalc) and Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE). An experiment was conducted during winter seasons of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 to simulate the effect of three rates of nitrogen fertilizer (75, 100 and 125 kg N/feddan) on grain yield and its components of wheat cultivar Sakha 93 and to make a comparison between GenCalc and GLUE in their ability to assess the genetic coefficient of the cultivar. Results: Results showed that GenCalc program performed better than GLUE. The results of model validation revealed that the average of the difference between the simulated and observed parameters when using GenCalc were 4.02, 3.96 and 4.14% for biological yield, grain yield and straw yield, respectively, while they were 5.47, 8.32 and 6.12% for the same aforementioned parameters when using GLUE. The GLUE has three disadvantages, first it does not provide estimation for PHINT (Interval between subsequent leaf tip appearances), 2nd it does not provide options for keeping some coefficients fixed, while others are being calibrated like GenCalc, for example in wheat crop there are spring wheats and winter wheats, in GenCalc it can set P1V (required days for vernalization) at 0 meaning that this variety is spring, while in the same time GenCalc are calibrating the other coefficients, 3rd GLUE takes a lot of time for calibration. Conclusion: However, GLUE is more easily to use than GenCalc.

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