Research Articles

Spatio-temporal dynamics of maize cropping system in Northeast China between 1980 and 2010 by using spatial production allocation model

  • 1. Key Laboratory of Agri-informatics, Ministry of Agriculture/Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China;
    2. Geography and Planning School of Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China;
    3. Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, 2033K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tan Jieyang (1991-), Master Student, specialized in impact of climate change on agriculture. E-mail:

Received date: 2013-12-16

  Revised date: 2014-01-06

  Online published: 2014-03-28

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41171328, No.41201184, No.41101537; National Basic Program of China, No.2010CB951502


Understanding crop patterns and their changes on regional scale is a critical requirement for projecting agro-ecosystem dynamics. However, tools and methods for mapping the distribution of crop area and yield are still lacking. Based on the cross-entropy theory, a spatial production allocation model (SPAM) has been developed for presenting spatio-temporal dynamics of maize cropping system in Northeast China during 1980-2010. The simulated results indicated that (1) maize sown area expanded northwards to 48°N before 2000, after that the increased sown area mainly occurred in the central and southern parts of Northeast China. Meanwhile, maize also expanded eastwards to 127°E and lower elevation (less than 100 m) as well as higher elevation (mainly distributed between 200 m and 350 m); (2) maize yield has been greatly promoted for most planted area of Northeast China, especially in the planted zone between 42°N and 48°N, while the yield increase was relatively homogeneous without obvious longitudinal variations for whole region; (3) maize planting density increased gradually to a moderately high level over the investigated period, which reflected the trend of aggregation of maize cultivation driven by market demand.

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TAN Jieyang, YANG Peng, LIU Zhenhuan, WU Wenbin, ZHANG Li, LI Zhipeng, YOU Liangzhi, TANG Huajun, LI Zhengguo . Spatio-temporal dynamics of maize cropping system in Northeast China between 1980 and 2010 by using spatial production allocation model[J]. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 2014 , 24(3) : 397 -410 . DOI: 10.1007/s11442-014-1096-0


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