Data format for documenting experiments and modeling crop growth and development. The foundation of the standards is a master list variables that is organized in a hierarchical arrangement with major separations among descriptions of management practices or treatments, environmental conditions (soil and weather data), and measurements of crop responses. The plain text implementation is described in detail. Implementations in other digital formats (databases, spreadsheets, and data interchange formats) are also reviewed. Areas for further improvement and development are noted, particularly as related to describing pest damage, data quality and appropriate use of datasets.
Used in the DSSAT tool (http://dssat.net/). The NASA Prediction of World Energy Resource web site includes an option for downloading modeled daily weather in the ICASA format