Production/Agronomy

UK: Potato modelling system wins science award

A potato modelling system, which forecasts yield and tuber size won a Practice with Science Award at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). Developed by NIAB CUF, the tool can supply valuable data to the entire potato supply chain, to aid in-field and processing practices and reporting. The system’s modeling allows growers to calculate seed rates and a crop’s irrigation needs, while for businesses closer to the retailer, the data can be used to determine total yields as well as the impact of delayed harvests on tuber size. More