Introducing Smart Sampling: Crop Yield Prediction with Precision and Science


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The fertile ground of technological advancement holds the key to meeting the escalating demand for sustainable and efficient food management practices. Crop yield prediction is the cornerstone of food value chain management and, therefore, critical for the agri-industry at large. Accurate yield predictions enable:

  • Seed companies to optimize their production strategies in line with market demands
  • Farming contractors to streamline logistics and resource management
  • Food production companies mitigate risk and optimize the management of demand-supply dynamics
  • Commodity traders to make smarter, risk-aware market decisions
  • Government departments to ensure robust food security planning

Crop yield prediction hinges on scientific sampling methods, a challenging task due to yield variability affected by weather, climate, soil conditions, and pests. Emerging technologies, particularly integrated agricultural cloud platforms, are transforming agriculture. A prime example is the Cropin Cloud platform, which elevates sample collection to a scientific level with its 'Smart Sampling' feature, enhancing transparency and sustainability in agri-business management.

Highlighting the shift: From Random to Precision - Sampling now a rigorous, technology-driven, scientific process

smart sampling versus traditional random sampling in agriculture

Scouting Simplified: A Critical Step in Yield Prediction

Yield prediction begins with scouting - the practice of observing and collecting data in the field. However, since scouting every inch of a field is impractical, a representative sample is chosen for data collection. This process must be scientifically rigorous to accurately reflect the farm's diverse characteristics and ensure precise yield estimations.

Introducing Smart Sampling: Transforming Scouting and Sampling

Key questions that need to be tackled: How scientific is your scouting? Are you utilizing technology to its fullest in sampling? Does your method account for a farm's diverse nature?

At Cropin, we have tackled these. Our Smart Sampling module brings scientific rigor to scouting and sample collection, enhancing yield predictions with a process that is streamlined, transparent, and user-friendly.

Cropin’s Smart Sampling Module: The Smarter Way to Enable Scientific Sampling

Cropin Intelligence redefines sampling with a smart, scientific approach. Utilizing advanced indices such as NDVI, NDRE, LSWI, SAVI, EVI, ChlRe, and LAI2, the Smart Sampling module accurately pinpoints and examines diverse areas within a farm, ensuring a truly representative analysis of its heterogeneity.


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Improve Yield Estimation.
Mitigate harvest risks.
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Enhancing Predictability with Cropin Grow

Cropin Grow's application, enabled by the cutting-edge Smart Sampling module, transforms agronomic practices into a digital realm, improving yield predictability in terms of quality and quantity. It employs remote sensing to detect farm variances and enables users to precisely gather essential yield-related data. Further enhancing security, the module incorporates secure QR code access, ensuring data integrity and controlled usage within the application.

Capturing the heterogeneity of the farm


Refining Sample Collection with Precision and Detail

Smart Sampling by Cropin Grow boosts both the efficiency and detail of sample collection. It reveals the true diversity of a farm, even those appearing uniform at first glance, by dividing it into distinct zones. This feature allows users to customize the number of sampling layers or zones, enabling agronomists to comprehensively understand and map farm variability. They can select specific zones, define heterogeneity levels, set sampling points, and deploy teams to these targeted areas. Such meticulousness guarantees that samples truly reflect a farm's varied conditions, from flourishing to stressed areas, thereby enhancing the accuracy and scientific rigor of agronomists' evaluations and forecasts.

Complete Transparency in Sampling with Smart Sampling

Smart Sampling functions exclusively in online mode, ensuring a comprehensive record of the scouting process by capturing real-time location and geo-coordinates. Additionally, it records each activity with date and time stamps. This level of transparency evolves sampling from a previously opaque procedure to a thoroughly documented and monitored process.

Enabling Scientific Accuracy in Sample Collection

A major obstacle to accurate crop yield prediction has been the unsystematic nature of traditional sample collection. This method, reliant on random scouting, often leads to errors and unreliable estimates. The Smart Sampling module that can be activated in the Cropin Grow application once a farm's geo-coordinates, crop details, and sowing dates are registered, provides an easy-to-deploy solution. Cropin Intelligence ensures that sample collection is not only representative of the farm health diversity but also grounded in scientific methods, effectively bridging the gap between estimated and actual harvests.

Expanding the Horizons of Impact with Smart Sampling

Smart Sampling's utility goes far beyond yield estimation. It offers critical insights for a range of agricultural tasks, encompassing - 

Plant health assessments Soil analysis Crop uniformity assessments Nutrient analysis Quality control Pest and disease surveillance

This broad applicability positions Smart Sampling as a versatile tool for varied agricultural needs.

Transform your agri-practices with Smart Sampling

Smart Sampling represents more than an incremental change; it is a paradigm shift in agricultural sampling methods. By infusing scientific precision, transparency, and geo-specific awareness into the process, Smart Sampling progresses precision agriculture. As agricultural technology evolves, Smart Sampling stands at the forefront, guiding the future toward data-driven, efficient, and scientifically robust agricultural decision-making.

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Cropin Apps is an integrated portfolio of highly customizable apps and solutions that capture and digitise agri-data from the farm to the warehouse to the fork. These applications are designed to scale digital transformation across agriculture and allied industries including forestry, commodity, banking and insurance.


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