Development of climate-based computer model to reduce crop harvest losses in Australia

Zare, Dariush and Chen, Guangnan (2008) Development of climate-based computer model to reduce crop harvest losses in Australia. In: AgEng2008: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering for a Sustainable World, 23-25 Jun 2008, Crete, Greece.

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Nowadays, Australia is the fourth leading wheat exporting in the world wheat market. In 2005-6, Australia exported 16 million tonnes of wheat to the world which earned around $A 3.54 billion of foreign exchanges for the nation. Most grain in Australia is harvested at lower moisture content than safe storage moisture. As grain dries in the field, losses due to natural shedding and lodging increase. Furthermore, a summer rainfall pattern prevails and causes weather damage when the crop is ripe but not yet harvested.
For instance, the losses of sprouting due to rainfall are at least $30-40 million per year across Australia. Therefore wheat harvest represents a period of high risk and is also a bottleneck in wheat production in Australia. This study aims to develop and apply a Grain Harvest Simulation Model as a potential tool to quantify and test the various management options to effectively manage the risks associated with weather damage at harvesting time. The overall aim of the study is to maximize the economic returns to growers, through maximizing the quality and quantity of delivered grain whilst minimizing annual and long-term financial risks associated with weather damage.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2009 13:52
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: grain; harvest; drying; weather
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070307 Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140201 Agricultural Economics
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820507 Wheat

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