Simulation of winter wheat yield and its variability in different climates of Europe: A comparison of eight crop growth models

Palosuo T., KERSEBAUM K. C., ANGULO C., HLAVINKA P., MORIONDO M., Olesen J. E., ...More

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF AGRONOMY, vol.35, no.3, pp.103-114, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 35 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eja.2011.05.001
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.103-114
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


We compared the performance of eight widely used, easily accessible and well-documented crop growth simulation models (APES, CROPSYST, DAISY, DSSAT, FASSET, HERMES. STICS and WOFOST) for winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L) during 49 growing seasons at eight sites in northwestern, Central and southeastern Europe. The aim was to examine how different process-based crop models perform at the field scale when provided with a limited set of information for model calibration and simulation, reflecting the typical use of models for large-scale applications, and to present the uncertainties related to this type of model application. Data used in the simulations consisted of daily weather statistics, information on soil properties, information on crop phenology for each cultivar, and basic crop and soil management information.