A drone based solution to accurately predict the crop yields of fruits like apples

OFFER from United Kingdom, reference: TOUK20190919001, valid from 19-09-2019 untill 23-09-2020

  • Title:
    A drone based solution to accurately predict the crop yields of fruits like apples
  • Start date:
    19 september 2019
  • End date:
    23 september 2020 (4 weken geleden)
  • Summary:
    A small UK company is validating an economical drone-based solution to accurately predict orchard fruit yields, from blossom to harvest. Fruit growers, especially apple growers, are sought for technical cooperation and commercial agreements with technical assistance.
  • Description:
    Unmanned vehicles have been around for years that monitor fields and assist with farm or crop management. Still, it’s a growing area with lots of niches where the demand hasn’t been met. One example is the prediction of fruit crop yields. Recently, some terrestrial vehicles have been offered with the added software to monitor fruits in orchards but they are relatively slow and expensive still.
    Especially in the business of Class 1 apples, predicting the yields is a valuable prospect. The current accepted rate is missing actual output by 15% either way. This error translates into unfulfilled contracts, or food waste. Ideally, an early prediction would allow for planning of surplus or lack of tonnage.
    A UK start-up has developed a yield measurement and crop management platform for high value top fruit crops. The platform uses inexpensive drone systems to quickly survey orchard crops and estimate yields, weeks or months ahead of harvest. Growers can track yield estimates throughout the growing season, from blossom to fruit with crop data collated at the orchard level and the individual tree level (see the Picture). This data lets growers plan harvest campaigns, deploy farm resources efficiently and arrange contracts with confidence. The system is being developed on 5 commercial apple farms in the UK, and tests on several farms in South Africa are scheduled for Q3 2019.
    The company is seeking growers in Europe and overseas to customise the system further under technical cooperation, as well as offering an early version of the solution to apple growers under commercial agreements with technical assistance.
Partner Sought
  • Type of Partnership Considered:
    Commercial agreement with technical assistance, Technical cooperation agreement
  • Technical Specification or Expertise Sought:

    Type of partner sought: industry
    Specific activity of partner sought: horticulture, fruit growers
    Role of partner sought: to adopt the new technology under guidance from the UK company and provide input for further customisation.

    SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

  • Development stage:
    Field tested/evaluated
  • IPR Status:
    Secret Know-how,Copyright
  • Market keywords:
    Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry & Related Products
  • Technology keywords:
    Imaging, Image Processing, Pattern Recognition
  • NACE keywords:
  • Advantages and Innovations:
    Such solutions haven’t existed on the market yet. The company’s expertise in horticulture, multispectral imaging and web technology have resulted in this plant-level analysis. The expertise builds on exclusive partnerships with research organisations.
  • Type and Size of Organisation:
    Industry SME <= 10
  • Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation
  • Year Established:
  • Turnover:
  • Country of origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Languages spoken
    • English