A blue, potato-shaped sensor for in-store monitoring of potato crops and an app that estimates your potential crop yield from a photo and a blue mat have been launched by Metos UK at the recent British Potato event.
As Michael Barker reports for Fresh Produce Journal, inside the blue tuber-shaped SolAntenna are sensors to measure and track temperature, humidity and CO2 levels in store. The data collected by the sensors enables growers to assess storage conditions and take action to prevent in-store rots.
The company also introduced SolGrader – an app that estimates crop size and yield from a photo taken in the field. With some data inputted to the app, and a photo of a sample of the crop taken on a special blue mat with a red square, SolGrader will calculate the estimated tuber size distribution, overall crop weight, yield and value.
Metos UK has also launched its Application Optimisation System (AOS), which gives growers vital information on spray conditions in the field and helps sprayer operators to ensure they adhere to best practice guidelines for PPP application.
Source: Fresh Produce Journal. Full story here