During a recent media field event, Corteva Agriscience unveiled an exciting surprise that had everyone buzzing with anticipation. Jeremy Groeteke, U.S. digital ag lead at Corteva Agriscience, took the stage to introduce a groundbreaking innovation that promises to transform the way farmers estimate yields. Enter the Corn Yield Estimator, a cutting-edge tool that integrates machine learning, artificial intelligence, and user input to provide highly accurate in-field corn crop measurements. Say goodbye to the labor-intensive practice of manually counting kernels and rows – a new era is dawning.
According to Groeteke, smartphones are not just devices for communication and entertainment; they have become indispensable tools for modern farmers. The Corn Yield Estimator is part of an ambitious endeavor to enhance the Pioneer web experience, offering customers a new app and a revamped website. Let’s delve deeper into this revolutionary tool and explore how it works.
Harnessing the Power of Image Processing
With the new Corn Yield Estimator app, all you need is a smartphone and a keen eye. By simply taking a picture of an ear of corn, the app instantly calculates the number of kernels on the ear. But it doesn’t stop there – the app utilizes this kernel count, along with stand count and kernels per bushel data, to estimate the yield for an entire field. This cutting-edge technology enables users to swiftly analyze field performance and make informed decisions.
Groeteke emphasizes that the app allows for even greater accuracy by enabling users to select specific areas within a field to measure. Pioneer has long offered tools for capturing field data using aerial images, and now, with the Corn Yield Estimator, users can fine-tune their yield estimates by precisely targeting areas of interest. By avoiding sampling from high- and low-producing areas simultaneously, users can ensure more reliable results. With GPS reference capabilities in the field, users can effortlessly refine their measurements, resulting in unparalleled accuracy.
The Time is Ripe: Unlocking the Potential of Early Yield Estimation
Timing is crucial in agriculture, and the Corn Yield Estimator recognizes this imperative. The app allows users to start estimating yield early in the growing season. While challenges such as tip back and kernel fill may impact the final yield, the Yield Estimator instills confidence in farmers and agronomists alike. In fact, Pioneer’s own researchers have already embraced the tool, incorporating it into their field studies.
Harnessing the power of visual machine learning, the app utilizes an extensive database of images to “train” the system to accurately count kernels. Employing advanced mathematical calculations, the app can deduce the size of the whole ear from a single photo. This user-friendly tool provides farmers with invaluable insights into their field’s performance.
Empowering Farmers Anytime, Anywhere
One of the standout features of the Corn Yield Estimator is its ability to function offline. Recognizing that farmers don’t always have reliable internet access, Corteva Agriscience designed the app to ensure it can be used regardless of connectivity. Farmers can effortlessly conduct stand counts in the field, even when their smartphones are offline.
It’s important to note that the app currently does not measure test weight and requires the user to estimate kernels per bushel. For instance, farmers in irrigated areas may have larger kernels, which affects the yield potential compared to dryland areas where more kernels contribute to a bushel. However, the app provides a convenient platform for farmers to estimate kernel count and make informative decisions.
Unleashing the Power of Technology
Machine learning is revolutionizing various aspects of agriculture, from weed and disease identification to enhanced farm management. The Corn Yield Estimator is a testament to how technology can simplify and optimize complex processes on the farm. It represents a significant milestone in Pioneer’s efforts to create a more connected digital ecosystem. Alongside the Pioneer Seeds mobile app and the revamped Pioneer.com website, the Yield Estimator offers a seamless user experience, integrating all aspects of a farmer’s journey.
The Corn Yield Estimator is available for download on both iOS and Android devices. Simply search for “Pioneer Corn Yield Estimator” in your preferred app store. The app is free and can be linked to your Pioneer account, ensuring a streamlined experience. To explore more updates and enhancements, visit the newly redesigned Pioneer website at Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.
Embrace the power of technology, unlock the potential of your fields, and embark on a journey towards greater productivity. The Corn Yield Estimator awaits, ready to revolutionize the way you measure your crop yields.