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From data to decisions: helping crop producers build their actionable knowledge


Evans, KJ and Terhorst, A and Kang, BH, From data to decisions: helping crop producers build their actionable knowledge, Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 36, (2) pp. 71-88. ISSN 0735-2689 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 University of Tasmania.

DOI: doi:10.1080/07352689.2017.1336047


Recent advances in distributed information technologies are providing the means to capture and process abundant data, and to reveal associations between variables describing the crop-environment-management interaction. This review describes the determinants and moderating factors influencing how much value a crop producer and his or her advisor can derive from data, and information derived from data. We describe the social, technological, and entrepreneurial processes needed to progress the nonlinear pathway from data to an on-farm decision, and explore the meaning of actionable knowledge; that is, knowledge that can be acted upon and applied to solve a real-world problem. We argue that effective decision support is also a system that supports the learning needs of crop producers and their transactions with trusted advisors. Crop protection, the sub-set of crop management used to mitigate crop loss, is used to illustrate current approaches and technologies to support farmers' decisions. We describe how situational awareness and actionable knowledge could be improved through use of emerging platform technologies, advances in artificial intelligence, consideration of farmer decision style, knowledge capture and maintenance, and embedding technology in human-centered services. Implications for the conduct of research and development are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:adoption, agriculture, application, case-based reasoning, decision support, digital, know-do gap, knowledge management, precision, viticulture
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Horticultural production
Research Field:Horticultural crop protection (incl. pests, diseases and weeds)
Objective Division:Plant Production and Plant Primary Products
Objective Group:Industrial crops
Objective Field:Wine grapes
UTAS Author:Evans, KJ (Professor Katherine Evans)
UTAS Author:Kang, BH (Professor Byeong Kang)
ID Code:119324
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:26
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2018-08-03

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