HarvestEye is working with growers in Mallorca to conduct field trials of current and future iterations of its technology.
HarvestEye is technology that fits to existing harvesting or grading equipment, providing timely insights on root crops as they are lifted. With it, growers can targeted agronomic performance, whereby whole-field variation data is reported on an online portal.
The system consists of a camera that records the potatoes as they pass by on the conveyor belt, a computer that processes the data, and a tablet with which the operator can monitor the process and control it.
In Mallorca, the HarvestEye team tested existing software and hardware (see video below), as well as a new unreleased iteration of the product, following four weeks of trials and collaboration throughout the season.
The HarvestEye team worked with local growers to trial the technology, processing more than 200 tonnes of potatoes from six harvested fields.
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Dr Mercedes Torres Torres, machine-learning team leader at HarvestEye, said: “We have established amazing partnerships with potato growers and exporters in Mallorca. It’s a fantastic opportunity to refine our existing technology ahead of the UK harvesting season, while also being the perfect test bed to trial a new version of our cutting-edge technology – of which findings will be instrumental to the product.”