Automated plant and gap count, to support seed breeding

SESVanderHave, VITO and Biometris (a spin-off of the University of Wageningen) are working on a collaborative project called ‘Sense of Field’, supported by VLAIO (Vlaams Agentschap Innoveren & Ondernemen).

VITO has published a blog on how the sense of field project supports seed breeding trials, by automating the plant count as well as identifying the gaps between crops.

  • The plant count is important to assess whether the germination of the sugar beets has been successful. Doing this via drone imagery, reduces the risk of human error and saves a lot of time and money.
  • When you identify the crop gaps, you also receive useful information on the less performing varieties, but you can also assess nutrient and water usage surrounding crops.

Read more on the blog that was published by VITO.