Building an operational system for crop monitoring and yield forecasting in Morocco

A.J.W. de Wit, S.B. Hoek, R. Ballaghi, T. El Hairech, D. Qinghan

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Morocco has an agricultural production system for cereals which is dominated by rainfed, low yielding cereal production which is highly vulnerable to fluctuations in rainfall. Crop yield forecasting systems could play a significant role to reduce the vulnerability of the Moroccan agriculture to weather risks in the framework of a food security strategy. This paper describes the efforts that were carried out for adapting the European Crop Growth Monitoring System to Moroccan conditions for crop monitoring and regional yield forecasting. Results demonstrate that the correlations between CGMS output and regional reported yields can be strongly improved by relatively simple changes to the parameterization of the crop model and a different strategy for the initialization of the soil water balance
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2nd International Conference on Agro-Geoinformatics: Information for Sustainable Agriculture, 12-16 August 2013, Fairfax, VA, USA
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd Agro-Geoinformatics 2013, Fairfax, VA, USA -
Duration: 12 Aug 201316 Aug 2013


Conference2nd Agro-Geoinformatics 2013, Fairfax, VA, USA


  • Crop model
  • Morocco
  • Remote sensing
  • Yield forecasting


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