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WSU News: Decision-support systems, such as those available through WSU’s AgWeatherNet, help agricultural professionals decide when to use frost control, apply pest control measures and make other decisions critical to the success of their crops.

The workshops resulted in a textbook, "Improving Soil Fertility Recommendations in Africa using the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT),” recently published by Springer. The book offers examples of how decision-support systems were applied in simulation to various agricultural management and conservation practices.

Washington State University SU agrometeorologist Gerrit Hoogenboom helped lead a series of workshops in Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya to transfer decision-support system technologies to researchers in African nations.