Generative Patterns: A Potential Role in the Management of Complexity in Production Agriculture

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  • 1 1Dept. of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Colorado State Univ., Hotchkiss, CO 81419
  • 2 2Dept. of Computer Science, Mesa State College, Hotchkiss, CO 81419
  • 3 3Dept. of Chemical and Bioresource Engineering, Colorado State Univ., Hotchkiss, CO 81419

A novel way to capture long-standing agricultural experience and knowledge in the form of generative patterns is proposed. These patterns can be thought of as solution paradigm where the solutions are the essence of the patterns. A pattern does not provide a concrete solution to a problem but can be considered of as a worldview of the problem or a solution space. A pattern initiates and generates human cognitive behaviors that indirectly facilitate, elucidate, and solve a problem. An application of generative patterns to production agriculture is proposed. An individual pattern, as described here, associates a problem, its context, the forces affecting it, and a solution. A pattern recurring in production agriculture, the socalled uniformity pattern, is presented, and its horticultural example is discussed.

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