Corn tassels are another good example. The analysis of maize plants can be carried out very effectively using digital aerial scoring. While it is easier to identify individual plants directly at the beginning of the season , later in the season it is easier to determine the exact number of plants in the crop via the corn tassels using image processing technology.

This figure provides information on the number of plants at the end of the season and can be used to more accurately determine the crop\’s yield potential. Another characteristic (at the right time) is the ratio of flowering and not (yet) flowering maize tassels. This can be used, for example, to measure developmental progress, which provides another data point for improved estimation of the ideal harvest time, or to measure variety and site-specific developmental dynamics of the maize plants.

Digital assessments play a crucial role in modern agriculture and plant research. They enable precise and efficient assessment of plants and field trials, which are essential for seed and variety development, crop protection, and fertilization strategies. Traditional methods of plant evaluation are often time-consuming and labor-intensive and can only provide limited amounts of data. This is where digitalization offers groundbreaking progress. With technologies such as drones, smartphones and advanced image processing based on artificial intelligence, each plant can be captured and assessed individually. This enables a comprehensive and precise analysis of large field areas and thus significantly improves the quality and informative value of field trials.

The use of digital assessments has several advantages: it increases efficiency by automating data collection, increases the accuracy of the data, and enables a georeferenced and detailed evaluation of test plots. These techniques can be applied to various crops and issues and open up new possibilities in plant research and agriculture. Our web-based solution for the automatic evaluation of exact and strip trials is an example of the power of digital scoring. It offers a user-friendly, integrated platform seamlessly integrated into existing workflows and enables comprehensive analyses across different locations and points in time. With digital scoring, we drive plant research and agriculture innovation to develop more sustainable and efficient cultivation strategies.

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