Precision Agricultural-Landscape Modeling System


A wide variety of advanced technology is available to agricultural managers today, including yield monitors, variable rate machinery, mapping programs, etc. Making sense of this technology and using it in the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner is a great challenge. The Precision Agricultural-Landscape Modeling System (PALMS) software package was designed to provide farmers with information needed to make management decisions. PALMS enables this decision making by providing a graphical user interface to a variety of data produced by a computer model based in biophysical processes, such as daily estimates of soil moisture and temperature (in three dimensions), water runoff and ponding, and crop status at specific locations within a field.

Using PALMS software, farmers are able to predict yield, time planting or harvest, estimate runoff or leaching, and estimate soil nutrient removal for the field as a whole and for individual locations.

Contact information

PALMS can be licensed for research or commercial use through the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Please contact the licensing manager listed below.

Licensing Manager
614 Walnut St.
P.O. Box 7365
Madison, WI 53707-7365
Telephone: (608) 263-2500

Lead Scientists

John M. Norman, Professor of Soil Sciences - PI
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1525 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-4576
Fax: 608-265-2595

Christine C. Molling - CIMSS Lead Scientist
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1225 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-265-5350
Fax: 608-262-5974
email contact form

Funding contributors and acknowledgements

This work was supported by NASA grant NAG13-99008 and USDA NRI grant 97-35108-5153.


May 29, 2012