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Yield gap analysis in oil palm: Framework development and application in commercial operations in Southeast Asia

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  • Hoffmann, M.P.
  • Donough, C.R.
  • Cook, S.E.
  • Fisher, M.J.
  • Lim, C.H.
  • Lim, Y.L.
  • Cock, J.
  • Kam, S.P.
  • Mohanaraj, S.N.
  • Indrasuara, K.
  • Tittinutchanon, P.
  • Oberthür, T.

Abstract

Narrowing the gap between actual and attainable yields in existing oil palm plantations is perceived as a key to fulfill the growing global demand for vegetable oil. To assess the scope for intensification we need robust estimates of attainable yields, which has been so far rarely done for perennial crops. For this purpose, we evaluated the complexities associated with estimating yield gaps (YGs) in oil palm (i.e. carry-over effect and aging), and adapted the existing framework for YG studies in annual crops. Based on this framework, we analyzed YGs for four sites within oil palm plantations located in Sabah (Malaysia), Central Kalimantan and North Sumatra (Indonesia) using a unique commercial yield data set covering an area of 38,300ha.

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  • Hoffmann, M.P. & Donough, C.R. & Cook, S.E. & Fisher, M.J. & Lim, C.H. & Lim, Y.L. & Cock, J. & Kam, S.P. & Mohanaraj, S.N. & Indrasuara, K. & Tittinutchanon, P. & Oberthür, T., 2017. "Yield gap analysis in oil palm: Framework development and application in commercial operations in Southeast Asia," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 151(C), pages 12-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:agisys:v:151:y:2017:i:c:p:12-19
    DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2016.11.005
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    1. Hoffmann, M.P. & Castaneda Vera, A. & van Wijk, M.T. & Giller, K.E. & Oberthür, T. & Donough, C. & Whitbread, A.M., 2014. "Simulating potential growth and yield of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) with PALMSIM: Model description, evaluation and application," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 1-10.
    2. Cock, J. & Kam, S.P. & Cook, S. & Donough, C. & Lim, Y.L. & Jines-Leon, A. & Lim, C.H. & Primananda, S. & Yen, B.T. & Mohanaraj, S.N. & Samosir, Y.M.S. & Oberthür, T., 2016. "Learning from commercial crop performance: Oil palm yield response to management under well-defined growing conditions," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 149(C), pages 99-111.
    3. Euler, Michael & Hoffmann, Munir P. & Fathoni, Zakky & Schwarze, Stefan, 2016. "Exploring yield gaps in smallholder oil palm production systems in eastern Sumatra, Indonesia," Agricultural Systems, Elsevier, vol. 146(C), pages 111-119.
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