Abstract

Many studies in weed science involve fitting a nonlinear model to experimental data. Examples of such studies include dose-response experiments and studies to determine the critical period of weed control. The experiments typically use block designs and often have additional complexity such as split-plot features. However, nonlinear models are typically fit using software such as SAS PROC NLIN that are limited to a single error term and whose ability to account for blocking is either awkward or lacking entirely. For example, Seefeldt et al. (1995) only proceeded in fitting the nonlinear model after establishing that the block effect was negligible. Issues such as multiple error terms in split-plot designs are simply not dealt with at all. In this paper, we examine a weed removal study carried out as a split-plot design with blocks and illustrate the use of SAS PROC NLMIXED to account for blocks and the two-level error structure.

Keywords

split-plot design; nonlinear regression; logistic model; Gompertz model; critical period of weed control

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USING PROC NLMIXED TO ANALYZE A TIME OF WEED REMOVAL STUDY

Many studies in weed science involve fitting a nonlinear model to experimental data. Examples of such studies include dose-response experiments and studies to determine the critical period of weed control. The experiments typically use block designs and often have additional complexity such as split-plot features. However, nonlinear models are typically fit using software such as SAS PROC NLIN that are limited to a single error term and whose ability to account for blocking is either awkward or lacking entirely. For example, Seefeldt et al. (1995) only proceeded in fitting the nonlinear model after establishing that the block effect was negligible. Issues such as multiple error terms in split-plot designs are simply not dealt with at all. In this paper, we examine a weed removal study carried out as a split-plot design with blocks and illustrate the use of SAS PROC NLMIXED to account for blocks and the two-level error structure.