Spatio-temporal variation of wheat and silage maize water requirement using CGMS model

F. Sargordi, B.F. Farhadi Bansouleh, M.A. Sharifi, H. van Keulen

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The Crop Growth Monitoring System (CGMS) has been applied for spatial biophysical resource analysis of Borkhar & Meymeh district in Esfahan province, Iran. The potentially suitable area for agriculture in the district has been divided into 128 homogeneous land units in terms of soil (physical characteristics), weather and administrative unit. Crop parameters required in the WOFOST simulation model for winter wheat and silage maize, have been calibrated based on experimental data from the study area. The study area has been classified into three cropping calendar zones based on average annual temperature, altitude and latitude. For each zone, a sowing date has been defined for each crop as the starting point of crop growth simulation. Growth of these crops has been simulated for the potential situation in each land unit for 20 years of historical daily weather data. Daily potential evapotranspiration and irrigation requirements of each crop per land unit have been calculated in a postsimulation, on the basis of model outputs. Outputs of the model are crop yield (marketable yield and total biomass) and irrigation requirements per decade. Spatial and temporal variation in irrigation requirements has been analyzed. The temporal variation in crop water requirements is larger than the spati3al variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-224
JournalInternational Journal of Plant Production
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • north china plain
  • growth simulation
  • climate-change
  • crop
  • variables
  • impacts
  • yield
  • iran

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