Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Counting on Research

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Counting on Research

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Byline: Rachael Conaghan Rachael.Conaghan@capnews.com.au

DR Phul Subedi knows it can be a topsy-turvy life when you're a mango farmer.

It can be hard for a farmer to determine the number of mangoes in a crop before they harvest.

Currently mango producers estimate yields by using a hand counter on a small section of the crop, something Dr Subedi said was a tedious process.

But a three year CQUniversity research project, funded by Horticulture Australia Limited, is out to change that.

The research uses image analysis to estimate mango crop yields more accurately by mounting a camera to a ute and taking photos of each tree individually.

Professor Kerry Walsh said the approach should be low cost enough that it will be suitable for family farms and larger businesses.

They found taking the photos at night was closer to laboratory conditions because the three headlights mounted to the ute illuminated trees while keeping the black background. …

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