Computer vision has its eyes on precision

University research and R&D from ag tech companies converge on the practice of precision crop load management…

Optimized crop load delivers optimum profitability. 

Even the researchers and extension specialists who have promoted precision crop load management for the past decade agree that is far easier said than done.

“To do that, we’ve developed manual approaches that are time-consuming, and no one likes to do them,” said Terence Robinson, applied fruit crop physiologist at Cornell University. “Growers love the information but hate to do it for their farm.”


Cornell University tree fruit physiologist Terence Robinson said precision crop load management is critical to orchard profitability, and he hopes to see developing technology that will eventually help growers do it on a tree-by-tree basis.

Terence Robinson, Cornell University, on July 19, 2019, in Geneva, New York. (TJ Mullinax/Good Fruit Grower)