Field-Scale Experiments for Site-Specific Crop Management. Part II: A Geostatistical Analysis

Field-Scale Experiments for Site-Specific Crop Management. Part II: A Geostatistical Analysis Part II analyses approach C experiments. Field-scale experiments were applied to four wheat fields in the Western Australian wheat belt. Different experimental designs were used two two-dimensional sine-waves, a chequerboard, and a two-factor strip arrangement. In each experiment, the yield associated with a particular treatment was predicted by kriging to where the other treatments were located. Different forms of kriging were investigated. Co-located cokriging, using the previous-season yield map as a covariate, was the most promising. The kriged data were then modelled with polynomial yield response functions. The outcome was a map for each field that described the optimum application of experimental input. The requirements varied continuously across the field, and could justify future site-specific crop management. The two-factor strip experiment was the most successful of those presented; the field on which it was used showed relatively strong responses to the applied inputs. The other sites were affected by lack of rain and/or design flaws. The underlying philosophy is sound, but the method proposed is time-consuming and inefficient. We hope that this paper can stimulate further research on the subject. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Precision Agriculture Springer Journals

Field-Scale Experiments for Site-Specific Crop Management. Part II: A Geostatistical Analysis

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Agriculture; Soil Science & Conservation; Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry; Statistics for Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Earth Sciences; Atmospheric Sciences
ISSN
1385-2256
eISSN
1573-1618
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11119-004-6347-0
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Abstract

Part II analyses approach C experiments. Field-scale experiments were applied to four wheat fields in the Western Australian wheat belt. Different experimental designs were used two two-dimensional sine-waves, a chequerboard, and a two-factor strip arrangement. In each experiment, the yield associated with a particular treatment was predicted by kriging to where the other treatments were located. Different forms of kriging were investigated. Co-located cokriging, using the previous-season yield map as a covariate, was the most promising. The kriged data were then modelled with polynomial yield response functions. The outcome was a map for each field that described the optimum application of experimental input. The requirements varied continuously across the field, and could justify future site-specific crop management. The two-factor strip experiment was the most successful of those presented; the field on which it was used showed relatively strong responses to the applied inputs. The other sites were affected by lack of rain and/or design flaws. The underlying philosophy is sound, but the method proposed is time-consuming and inefficient. We hope that this paper can stimulate further research on the subject.

Journal

Precision AgricultureSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 16, 2004

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