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Queensland Government

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Agricultural Systems Modelling Research Group (ASMRG)

Rural cropping in Queensland

Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

ASMRG conducts research on, and development of agricultural systems models and decision support systems that assist primary producers to increase profitability and productivity while minimising the environmental footprint of their enterprises. This group brings together biophysical crop and soil modellers with software developers to develop new and novel applications of existing models as well as develop new models and tools. The ASMRG works across regional, state, national and international scales.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Agricultural systems modelling
  • Risk analysis and assessment
  • Decision support system design
  • Model development
  • App design
  • Farming system design and analysis
  • Big data analytics
  • Agronomy
  • Water and nutrient use efficiency
  • Climate change impacts on agriculture

Facilities and major equipment

  • High performance computing workflows for agricultural systems modeling
  • Linux virtual computers
  • APSIM (Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator) compiled in a Linux and HPC environment
  • Windows and Linux development and deployment servers
  • QRIS cloud data storage drives

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff


Building Q Level 3, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, 4350

Lead researcher

  • Dr Keith Pembleton—Improvement of the representation of forage crop production within several internationally used agricultural production system models

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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Last updated:
6 September 2018