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dc.contributor.authorLacoste, Myrtille
dc.contributor.authorPowles, S.
dc.identifier.citationLacoste, M. and Powles, S. 2014. Upgrading the RIM model for improved support of integrated weed management extension efforts in cropping systems. Weed Technology. 28 (4): pp. 703-720.

RIM, or "Ryegrass Integrated Management," is a user-friendly weed management software that integrates long-term economics. As a model-based decision support system, RIM enables users to easily build 10-year cropping scenarios and evaluate the impacts of management choices on annual rigid ryegrass populations and long-term profitability. Best used in a workshop format to enable learning through interactions, RIM can provide insights for the sustainable management of ryegrass through "what-if" scenarios in regions facing herbicide resistance issues. The upgrade of RIM is presented, with changes justified from an end-user perspective. The implementation of the model in a new, intuitive software format is presented, as well as the revision, update, and documentation of over 40 management options. Enterprises, establishment systems, and control options were redefined to represent current practices, with the notable inclusion of customizable herbicide options and techniques for weed seed control at harvest. Several examples of how RIM can be used with farmers to demonstrate the benefits of adopting recommended practices for managing or delaying the onset of herbicide resistance are presented. Originally designed for the dryland broadacre systems of the Australian southern grainbelt, RIM's underlying modeling was restructured to facilitate future updates and adaptation to other weed species and cropping regions. Nomenclature: Annual rigid ryegrass, Lolium rigidum Gaud.

dc.publisherWeeds Science Society of America
dc.titleUpgrading the RIM model for improved support of integrated weed management extension efforts in cropping systems
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleWeed Technology
curtin.departmentSchool of Molecular and Life Sciences (MLS)
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