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 and add new algorithms and routines. There are also small break out sessions to discuss and exchange ideas on how to advance DSSAT in general and specifically the 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 from July 20-24, 2020 as a Virtual meeting due to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated in-person meeting and travel restrictions. The next DSSAT Development Sprint is scheduled for January 11-15, 2021 at the University of Florida. Future DSSAT Development Sprints are scheduled during July, 2021 at the University of California Davis and for January 10-14, 2022 at the University of Florida.

The DSSAT Development Sprints provide an opportunity for people with specific interests in model code or tools to work together and collaborate. Presentations are limited to brief progress reports and concepts, while most time is spent on writing and improving code, 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

  • 13th DSSAT Development Sprint held as a Virtual Meeting from July 20-24, 2020 via Zoom.
  • 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.