DSSAT Development


DSSAT was initiated under the auspices of the International Benchmark Sites Network for Agrotechnology Transfer (IBSNAT) funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1981 through 1992. The IBSNAT Project was headquartered at the University of Hawaii and the development team included crop modelers from the University of Florida, University of Guelph, University of Puerto Rico, Michigan State University, the International Fertilizer Development Center, and USDA-ARS. After termination of the IBSNAT Project development and advancement has continued because of the significant interest of the scientific community and public and private partners.

Core Development Team

The core development team of DSSAT currently includes a small group of scientists from the University of Florida, the International Fertilizer Development Center, and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The core development team is coordinated by:

  • Gerrit Hoogenboom, University of Florida
  • Cheryl Porter, University of Florida
  • Ken Boote, University of Florida
  • Upendra Singh, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)
  • Jeff W. White, USDA-ARS
  • Vakhtang Shelia, University of Florida

Web Development Team

All communication and software distribution related to DSSAT is handled through cloud services. The web development team is coordinated by:

  • Jawoo Koo, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Willingthon Pavan, University of Passo Fundo

Please contact Jawoo or Willingthon if you are interested in participating with web development for DSSAT.

DSSAT Development Sprints

During the past five years we have organized DSSAT Development Sprints for those interested in advancing the underlying science of the DSSAT crop models and improving the DSSAT tools and utilities. During these “hackathons” or “working” workshops the participants work on sections of the code and have small break out sessions to discuss and exchange ideas on how to improve the overall code. The DSSAT Development Sprints are held twice a year and are open to those who have some skills in programming. There is no registration fee, but participants are expected to pay for their own travel and related expenses. The last DSSAT Development Sprint was held at the University of Florida from January 8-12, 2018.