Researchers and developers behind machine-learning driven crop insights tool HarvestEye are taking advantage of the Mediterranean climate’s earlier potato harvesting season – working with growers in Mallorca to conduct field trials of current and future iterations of the technology.
HarvestEye is patented technology that fits to existing harvesting or grading equipment, providing timely insights on root crops as they are lifted. HarvestEye is a cost-efficient method to achieve targeted agronomic performance, whereby whole-field variation data is reported on an online portal.
In Mallorca, the HarvestEye team tested existing software and hardware, as well as a new unreleased iteration of the product, following four weeks of trials and collaboration throughout the season.
Dr Mercedes Torres Torres, machine-learning team leader at HarvestEye, said: “We have established amazing partnerships with potato growers and exporters in Mallorca. It’s a fantastic opportunity to refine our existing technology ahead of the UK harvesting season, while also being the perfect test bed to trial a new version of our cutting-edge technology – of which findings will be instrumental to the product.”
The HarvestEye team worked with local growers to trial the technology, processing more than 200 tonnes of potatoes from six harvested fields.
Pedro Mateu, director at Mateu Exports, said: “We have formed an incredibly mutually beneficial relationship with the team at HarvestEye. The company understands our needs as growers and in turn the system has enabled us to better understand our crop performance and make accurate data-informed decisions.
Vidyanath (Vee) Gururajan, managing director of HarvestEye, said: “It is incredibly important that we continue to engage with growers of varying scale and requirements of harvest insights to maximise their yields.
“An open dialogue with growers and exporters through trials such as we have done in Mallorca is vital to build supply chain confidence that HarvestEye will inform long-term sustainable growth that is so desperately needed at a time where climate concerns grow.”
HarvestEye will next be exhibited at Scotland’s Potatoes in Practice on 11 August from Plot F, before heading to the global stage of Potatoes Europe, held in Bockerode near Hanover from 7-8 September. Interested parties will be able to learn further about the actionable insights HarvestEye can provide from Exhibition area Z, stand A03.
For more information about HarvestEye, visit https://www.harvesteye.com/.
Source: B-hive Innovations
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