Crop-cycle Decision Support

With climate change making established agricultural practices obsolete, long-term decision support shall help farmers navigate the increased uncertainty. Long-term decision support shall enable farmers to

  • Make the best possible selection when choosing a seed to be planted
  • Optimization of the application of input during the whole seed-to-harvest cycle
  • Longer-term decision making such as planning of planting or harvesting with respect to the seasons

Crop-Cycle DSMultiple factors determine the outcome of a crop season. While the weather cannot be controlled, it can be predicted with a certain level of accuracy. This seasonal forecast can be used as a basis to decide on which crop should be planted when in a given season. The long-term decision support system shall enable a farmer to get feedback based on prior crops and current soil conditions as to which seed or type of plant promises the highest profit with the least risk of crop loss.

Along with the seed selection, the long-term decision support system shall also recommend a schedule for input applications, which lead to the best potential return on investment. The system shall indicate ideal conditions with respect to soil moisture for irrigated plots; it shall suggest how to apply NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) to maximize the growers’ margins.

Finally the long-term decision support system shall support plantations to maximize their yields with respect to major weather changes. It shall warn the growers well ahead of time when the best time to harvest has come to avoid crop loss due to season transitions.