More than 30 scientists gathered at the University of Florida (UF) earlier this year to help develop new prediction models for producing crops in developed and developing countries. Gerrit Hoogenboom, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engineering said, “We brought a group of scientists together to help advance the science of a crop-modelling system called Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) and to develop a mechanism to make it self-sustaining”. Scientists also started developing algorithms for improved management practices, such as slow-release fertilizers and irrigation, according to Jim Jones, a UF/IFAS professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the National Science Foundation.  Click here to read the full article on the scientists’ advancements on crop management. – Agtech

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