DSSAT Development Sprints

Since 2014 we have organized the biannual DSSAT Development Sprint for 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 for improvement. There are also small break out sessions to discuss and exchange ideas on how to advance DSSAT in general and especially functionality and operation of tools, utilities, and crop modules. The DSSAT Development Sprints are normally held during the Winter and Summer 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 6-10, 2020. The next DSSAT Development Sprint is scheduled for July 20-24 as a Virtual meeting due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated in-person meeting and travel restrictions. Future DSSAT Development Sprints are scheduled for January 11-15, 2021 at the University of Florida and during July or August, 2021 at the University of California Davis.

The DSSAT Development Sprints provide an opportunity for people with specific interests in model code or tools to work together. Presentations are limited to brief overviews of progress and most time is spent on writing code or testing and documenting changes.

If you are interested in participating in one of the DSSAT Development Sprints, please contact Cheryl Porter or Gerrit Hoogenboom.

Previous DSSAT Development Sprints

  • 12th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from January 6-10, 2020.
  • 11th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from July 15-19, 2019.
  • 10th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from January 7-11, 2019.
  • 9th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the Maricopa Agricultural Research Center (MAC), University of Arizona, Maricopa, Arizona from July 9-13, 2018.
  • 8th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from January 8-12, 2018.
  • 7th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from July 10-14, 2017.
  • 6th DSSAT Development Sprint held at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma from January 9-13, 2017.
  • 5th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida from July 17-2016.
  • 4th DSSAT Development Sprint held at the International Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from December 7-11, 2015.
  • 3rd DSSAT Development Sprint held at the Maricopa Agricultural Research Center (MAC), University of Arizona, Maricopa, Arizona from June 15-19, 2015.
  • 2nd DSSAT Development Sprint held at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, District of Columbia from December 1-5, 2014.
  • 1st DSSAT Development Sprint held at the International Fertilizer Development Centers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from March 24-28, 2014.