Potato crop yields monitored by satellite

The Belgian potato processing industry is embracing the iPOT project, which collects data from the ground, from air-borne drones and from space-based satellites. The intensive research is building on impressive growth to 80,000 acres of potatoes in 2014. Now that Belgium is the world’s largest exporter of frozen potato products – eclipsing the Netherlands, Canada and the U.S. – the industry must find ways to be sustainable. 

By the end of the project in May 2017, researchers expect that for each potato field, it will be possible to:
• Estimate the plant phenological stage as well as the plausible harvest date;
• Estimate the risks of production or quality losses on the basis of temperatures, rainfall and soil moisture data  as well as the plant crop status;
• Assess the field spatial variability
• Forecast yields all along the growing season 

Source:  The Grower research 

Publish date: 
Friday, April 1, 2016

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