The goal of this paper is to investigate how operations research techniques, speciﬁcally dynamic programming, can be applied to crop rotation decisions in agriculture. One major concern that farmers face is pests. This paper seeks to respond to this by solving optimization models that represent scenarios in which pests are present and pose a threat to potential yield. The ﬁnal model discussed in this paper optimizes ﬁeld crop rotations for ﬁve years in an ecosystem in which soybean cyst nematodes and soybean aphids are present. When aphids infest in the ﬁrst and fourth years of our ﬁve year system, the optimal crop rotation is as follows: corn, susceptible soybean, corn, corn, susceptible soybean. A sensitivity analysis is then performed to help explain why this rotation is chosen.
Ferguson, Madeleine, "Optimizing Crop Rotations and Pest Management Strategies in Agriculture" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9123.
operations research, dynamic programming, agriculture, integrated pest management
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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