Original Articles

Preliminary evaluation of two maize (Zea mays L.) growth-simulation models

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 4, issue 3, 1987 , pages: 131–136
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.1987.10634959
Author(s): R.N. de Vos, Republic of South Africa, J.B. Mallett, Republic of South Africa


Two maize growth-simulation models developed in the U.S.A., CERES-Malze and CORNF, were evaluated with South African data using graphical and numerical techniques. The results indicate that both models agree well with observed values of total above-ground plant dry mass, leaf area index, grain yield and soil water content. CORNF tended towards a systematic underprediction of leaf area index. CERES-Maize provided more realistic estimates of soil water content than CORNF. The future use of these models in the evaluation of cropping strategies is discussed.

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