Systems and Methods for Monitoring Agricultural Products and for Determining Crop Yields With High Resolution Geo-Referenced Sensors
AGERpoint®, a leading Precision Agriculture Data Analytics company centered around precise data collection and analytics, announced the issue of three additional patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The AGERpoint patent portfolio now comprises a total of eight patents related to precision agriculture using our innovative and breakthrough technology.
The first new patent, US 10,520,482, “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS” was issued on December 31st, 2019 and relates to a plant analysis system that determines spectral signatures of plants based on spectral data, and plant color based on photographic data. The spectral signatures and plant color are associated with assembled point cloud data which morphological data can be generated. A record of the plant can be created that associates the plant with the spectral signature, plant color, spectral data, assembled point cloud data, and morphological data, and stored in a library.
The second new patent, US 10,534,086, “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING CROP YIELDS WITH HIGH RESOLUTION GEO-REFERENCED SENSORS” was issued on January 14th, 2020 and relates to controlling a modular system for improved real-time yield monitoring and sensor fusion of crops in an orchard. The modular processing unit may fuse the collected data together and transmit the fused data set to a post-processing server.
The third new patent, US 10,539,545, “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS” was issued January 21st, 2019 and relates to monitoring fruit production, plant growth, and plant vitality.
“We are excited to announce the expansion of our patent portfolio. We’ve spent many years innovating, including pioneering the use of Geiger Mode LiDAR and then fusing multiple data sources, to capture and uncover unique insights. We have developed the most advanced permanent crop data sensing, ML, AI and analytics platform enabled by our intellectual property.” said Andrew J. Nash, CEO of AGERpoint. He expanded with “We will continue to invest in research and development while working closely with our customers and partners as we address the data and insight needs of the scientific community to advance discovery and invention, as well as with growers and all participants in the value chain.”
Improving accuracy and timeliness of machine counting fruit
AGERpoint®, a leading Precision Agriculture Data Analytics company centered around precise data collection and analytics, announced the issue by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office of a new, and fifth, patent on August 6, 2019 involving systems and methods for monitoring agricultural products.
The new patent, US 10,371,683, “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS” relates to monitoring fruit productions, plant growth, and plant vitality. Specifically, this newest out of five patents held by AGERpoint, works to improve upon the accuracy and timeliness of machine counting of fruit on the tree or vine utilizing a data acquisition, transport, and software components.
“We are excited to continue to add to our library of patents,” said Andrew J. Nash, CEO of AGERpoint. He continued with “The ability to innovate and refine our technology sets us apart and allows us to provide extremely precise data to our partners in the value chain (food & beverage industry, growers, researchers, agronomists, insurers, industry associations, etc.).”
We’ve added a new feature that clients who are utilizing GroveTracker data can take advantage of – MorphologyExplorer. Point Clouds are a visualization of the thousands of data points that make up an individual tree. They show extreme levels of detail of a given tree, row, or group of trees in an easy to manipulate 3D view. Now these Point Clouds can be made available as part of AGERmetrix!
Previously, our Point Clouds were separate from AGERmetrix data, but with this new tool you are able to fuse the data with Point Clouds to analyze and easily identify relationships.
Select the row you would like to inspect with the Point Cloud Select Row Tool:
This new tool will allow customers to:
- Look at a specific tree, row, or group of trees at an extremely detailed level
- Provide an angle measurement tool which is valuable for researchers running pruning and other trials
- Utilize height and width tools to measure down to the individual branch level and complete specialized measurements like stem length
- Rotate the view to inspect and identify features or issues of a specific tree
- Visualize trees before having to physically visit the field
- Continually make measurements to create a total – perfect for measuring total length of branches
All of this can be done in the field on a tablet or laptop, or from the comfort of your office.
If you’re interested in seeing your Point Clouds – reach out to us today at Sales@AGERpoint.com!
Measure trunk to trunk:
Measure trunk to branch angle:
Measure trunk from ground to first branch:
Continually measure with the Accumulation Measurement Tool for total measurements:
Multi-Year Trial Data On Individual Tree Level Demonstrated Positive Impact On Yield and Decreased Cost of Data Collection
“Utilizing AGERpoint®’s technology was really helpful in the data analysis. When you work with cutting edge growers, it is difficult to see with the naked eye ‘success’. AGERpoint® not only shows you the field improvements, but its verified in the final data. Proud to work with them.” – James Henderson, CEO, Prime Dirt, Inc.
GOAL TO EVALUATE CURRENT SOIL AMENDMENT TO VERIFY AND VALIDATE POSITIVE IMPACT ON YIELD.
Prime Dirt has been applying a soil amendment and rather than continue blindly, they’d like to confirm that this application has had a positive impact on yield.
In addition, they want to confirm they reducing the cost of data collection for field trials. Yield is measured on a per variety basis and is attributed down to each tree. This data collection has historically included a significant amount of man hours measuring each individual tree growth and monitoring harvest operations.
COLLECTED GROVETRACKER™ DATA ANNUALLY FOR OVER THREE YEARS ON 2 BLOCKS (202 ACRES AND 76 ACRES) ON A TREE BY TREE BASIS FOR A TOTAL OF 35,592 TREES.
AGERpoint® collected data points on tree height, canopy diameter, trunk diameter, canopy volume, canopy density down to the individual tree level using GroveTracker™. YieldTracker™ data was also collected during the almond harvest season by attaching the YieldTracker™ collection system to grower supplied vehicles and collecting data at the same time the windrow was being picked up from the ground.
GroveTracker™ and YieldTracker™ data was collected and specialized agronomic services were used to process and operationalize data across 3 concurrent growing years from 2016 to 2018. Post collection, the yield data is transformed into representative volume indices and matched to a give plant and its associated row within a block. Final client data is extracted from the AGERpoint®’s SaaS service and visualized into year-over-year yield graphs and maps on a variety basis.
DATA COLLECTION DEMONSTRATED A 14.6% INCREASE IN YIELD AND 2.3% INCREASE IN DENSITY OF FOLIAGE BY USING PRIME DIRT PRODUCTS.
By using AGERpoint®’s products Prime Direct was able to efficiently, and effectively, show a positive increase in both yield and density of foliage by using their products.
Historically being able to collect and analyze this much data would have been extremely time consuming and costly. Because of using AGERpoint®’s products, full data sets were able to be used instead of samples – providing incredible detailed and accurate data for decision making.
Excited to be included in Seana Day’s, from Better Food Ventures and The Mixing Bowl, AgTech Landscape 2019 in the Field Monitoring Sensors & Solutions!