Late N management in durum wheat using crop models and canopy reflectance
AffiliationSchool of Plant Sciences / Maricopa Ag Center, University of Arizona
School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
Arid-Land Ag Research Center, USDA-ARS, Maricopa, AZ
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AbstractOptimizing late N applications in durum wheat is highly needed to obtain adequate protein levels without affecting grain yield. A simple and rapid method for estimating crop yield at flowering stage and crop N status is required to make immediate N application decisions for increasing grain protein content. There were significant differences in grain yield and grain protein among N treatments and durum varieties. Using information on soil properties, weather data, crop management, and variety growth, DSSAT crop model predicted durum grain yield accurately. Canopy reflectance index NDVI at flowering time were closely correlated with crop yield and protein content. The results indicate the potential of using crop models and canopy reflectance index in durum wheat yield prediction and N management.