CAMBRIDGE WORKING ON POTATO APP

Published online: Jan 09, 2012 Potato Storage, Potato Harvesting, Seed Potatoes
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Cambridge University Farm is working on a smartphone app to measure ground cover in potato crops.
 
"Ground cover is a key input for yield prediction model, irrigation scheduling and blight predictions," Marc Allison, a researcher at the Farm, explained. The current technology for measuring it was tried and tested but cumbersome, he said.
 
It usually involved carrying a wooden-framed grid into the field and counting the number of squares more than half filled with green leaves. "It works well, with reproducible results."

SOURCE: Mike Abram, Farmer's Weekly

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