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Abnormal shapes of production function: Model interpretations
- Topaj, A., Mirschel, W.
- Computers and electronics in agriculture 2018 v.145 pp. 199-207
- crop models, field experimentation, nitrogen fertilizers, production functions, simulation models
- An abnormal non-monotonic shape of production function (response of obtained yield to increasing rates of mineral nitrogen fertilizers) has been observed in experimental field trials. Often, the observed effect (an inflection point, or intermediate plateau or even local undershoot of the “yield-fertilization” curve) is treated as a test distortion and will be ignored or sorted out. This article presents the authors’ efforts to interpret and to explain similar phenomenon by means of investigating two mechanistic crop simulation models – AGROSIM and AGROTOOL. It is demonstrated that an imitation model can be used as a valuable tool of scientific research, allowing for the hypothesising of alternative understandings of non-trivial natural phenomena.