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University of Southern Queensland joins the APSIM initiative.

The APSIM initiative has been further strengthened with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) recently joining the APSIM initiative (AI) as a member. 

USQ brings an extensive range of expertise to the AI collaboration including:

  • Cropping and grazing system
  • Climate Science
  • Bio-economics
  • Interface design
  • Data analytics
  • App and decision support tool design and development
  • Development of educational materials using APSIM

USQ has been an active user of APSIM in its research and educational activities and its membership reflects its dedication to the continued improvement of the model’s science and applications. 

For more details see https://www.usq.edu.au/news-events/news/2017/10/usq-joins-apsim
Thursday, 26 October 2017/Author: Dean Holzworth/Number of views (79)/Comments (0)/
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APSIM Training, Brisbane, 11th and 12th October 2017

The next APSIM training course is scheduled for 11th and 12th October 2017 in Brisbane, Australia.

You can view the training program and registration form here.


Thursday, 3 August 2017/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (634)/Comments (0)/
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Biochar model

Iowa State University (Archontoulis et al. 2016) have developed a biochar model for APSIM that integrates biochar knowledge and enables simulation of biochar effects within cropping systems.

This model has been released in APSIM  7.9 as an 'example'. It can be accessed by clicking 'New' from within the user interface and selecting the biochar folder. For more details see http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcbb.12314/full

Wednesday, 17 May 2017/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (761)/Comments (0)/
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APSIM 7.9 Release


APSIM version 7.9 has been released. You can download it from the registration page or view a list of the issues addressed here.
Wednesday, 3 May 2017/Author: Dean Holzworth/Number of views (906)/Comments (0)/
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APSIM Training, Brisbane, 11th and 12th October 2016

The APSIM training course originally planned for August in Brisbane, Australia has been rescheduled for 11th and 12th October 2016.

You can view the training program and registration form here.

Monday, 8 August 2016/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (2291)/Comments (0)/
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FEATURES

Global agricultural systems modelling community convening in Berlin

In March 2016, agricultural systems modellers will meet in Berlin, Germany, for an international symposium, coordinated by scientists from Germany, Finland, Australia and the USA. The agricultural systems modelling network spans the whole globe and more than 300 participants are expected to show up for the event, organized by the Leibniz Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research in Müncheberg, Germany. Crop models have developed into indispensable tools in the ongoing discussion on global food security, but only their consistent application through global co-operation assures their usefulness and credibility at the interfaces of agronomy with economics and in informing policy-making. Additional details can be found on the symposium flyer or website www.icropm2016.org.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (4509)/Comments (0)/
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APSIM next generation

Over 24 years, the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) has grown from a farming systems framework used by a small number of people, into a large collection of models used by many thousands of modellers internationally. The software consists of many hundreds of thousands of lines of code in multiple programming languages. This infrastructure has successfully integrated a diverse range of models but isn’t capable of easily meeting new demands from modellers. For these reasons, the APSIM Initiative has begun developing a next generation of APSIM (dubbed APSIM next generation) that is a completely new application with no legacy code and designed to run across different platforms. Currently APSIM next generation has limited capability and isn't quite ready for mainstream use. However, if your modelling problems fits within the specified capability, or you simply wish to evaluate this release, then it can be downloaded from the APSIM registration page (look for 'next generation' in the version drop down box). More information can also be found here.

Monday, 14 September 2015/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (4815)/Comments (0)/
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APSIM Oil Palm Model

Palm oil is an important vegetable oil, produced from oil palm grown by many companies and more than a million smallholders worldwide. For growers to make decisions that are good for productivity and the environment, they need to know which practices are best for crop yield, soil fertility, aquatic ecosystems, and to minimise greenhouse gas emissions.   Recent collaboration between ACIAR, James Cook University, CSIRO and the PNG Oil Palm Research Association has developed an Oil Palm model for APSIM.  The model simulates palm growth and development in response to climate, soil and management.  Training workshops have been held in PNG, Indonesia and Malaysia.  A paper describing the new model is available at the following link.

Monday, 3 August 2015/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (4836)/Comments (0)/
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Agricultural Modelling Special Issue

In December 2014, the journal 'Environmental Modelling and Software' published the first part of a new Thematic Issue: "Agricultural systems modelling and software: current status and future prospects". Lead by Dean Holzworth (with 7 co-authors), the Thematic Issue explores the current status of the leading process based agricultural systems models. Models featured in the Issue include APSIM, AquaCrop, CropSyst, STICS / RECORD, APSIM PMF and APSIM OilPalm. There are also a range of other papers covering various aspects of modelling complex agricultural systems. For more information go to the following link.
Part 2 of the Thematic Issue (including a position paper) will be published mid 2015.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (3940)/Comments (0)/
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New APSIM Paper

The APSIM Initiative and key collaborators have been involved in the development of a new paper titled APSIM - Evolution towards a new generation of agricultural systems simulation. This paper updates the earlier work by Keating et al. (2003) and chronicles the changing external challenges and opportunities being placed on APSIM during the last decade. It also explores and discusses how APSIM has been evolving to a “next generation” framework with improved features and capabilities that allow its use in many diverse topics. The paper is now in print in the journal of Environmental Modelling & Software and available at the following link.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014/Author: Chris Murphy/Number of views (5667)/Comments (0)/
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