NG Inman-Bamber, A. Singels, MR Jones (The South African Sugar Association (SASA))


Model category gbCSM
Plant part Whole_plant
Scale Whole_plant, Field
Licence open_source
Operating system Windows
Programming language Fortran
Format of model inputs and outputs Text files
Species studied Sugarcane
Execution environment Console
Modelling environment DSSAT

Scientific article

Refining the Canegro model for improved simulation of climate change impacts on sugarcane
M. Jones,Singels,A.
European Journal of Agronomy, 2018 View paper

Model description

CANEGRO simulates sugarcane growth using climate and water inputs, based on process-based models of sugarcane growth and development including phenology, canopy development, tillering, biomass accumulation and partitioning, root growth, water stress, and lodging. It uses a daily time-step and is designed to simulate the whole plant, stalk and root biomass, sucrose concentration, plant phenology and other variables. The model requires as an input data soil parameters that regulate the soil water balance (field capacity, wilting point, water saturation, and soil depth) and also daily weather variables (solar radiation, maximum and minimum temperatures, precipitation) and irrigation. Relative humidity and wind speed are not essential but are recommended whenever available.

Some case studies

Canegro has been used for studying climate change impacts, analyzing yield gaps and for studying genetic control of crop responses to environmental factors.