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Almond Yield Forecasting by Drone

Virtual Orchard Technology Captures Light Interception for Improved Crop Forecasting

Almond yield prediction has become a priority for almond growers in California because it enables them to correctly estimate and apply seasonal nitrogen demand and prevent violation of the new nitrogen management regulation that does not allow overapplication of nitrogen. Accurate forecasting of almond yield is difficult due to complex affecting factors, such as blossom condition, environmental temperature, soil status, precipitations, irrigation volume, variety and age. One major determinant of almond yield is the amount of sunlight that is intercepted by the canopy.

Article published in West Coast Nut on January 4, 2021

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