Crop simulation models play an important role at different levels of application, ranging from decision support for crop management at a farm level to advancing understanding of sciences at a research level. The main goal of most applications is to predict final yield in the form of grain yield, fruit yield, root or tuber yield, biomass yield for fodder, or any other harvestable product. Certain applications link the price of the harvestable product with the cost of inputs and production to determine economic returns. Another application of crop simulation models is in policy management. Whisler and colleagues (1986) and Hoogenboom (2000) described a wide range of major areas in which the application of models is well established.
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