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Tuberzone 2020: A precision approach to predicting potato tuber growth

The Tuberzone project addresses the benefits of using precision technology to optimise the value of seed potato crops in the UK. Tuberzone partners support the use of Tuberzone software, developed by precision farming specialists, SoilEssentials, to help farmers make decisions on when to stop tuber growth in order to maximise yield, quality and value of Gemson seed potatoes.

Data is gathered remotely using satellite and UAV imagery to monitor plant numbers, canopy development, and soil moisture – which are combined with weather information that can predict tuber size, yield and optimum haulm destruction date.

To back up predictions, test digs are made at representative points for each crop. Growers, the co-op and their advisers will benefit from a better understanding of factors influencing crop growth.

Watch a video on Vimeo here. or click here to view it on Potato News Today.
Photo above: The SoilEssentials team have worked hard in lab and in-field to test Tuberzone, Pictured (l-r) are Kenneth Waring, Jim Wilson and Seonaid Ross of SoilEssentials. Article here

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Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher of Potato News Today

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