New Oregon State University Tool Takes the Guessing Out of Planting
With variable weather patterns, it can be tricky to know when to plant crops in order to receive the best possible harvest. Oregon State University has created a new tool, called Croptime, to help vegetable farmers take the guessing out of planting.
Croptime uses temperature data, weather, and climate forecasts and calculates the optimal time for the planting of vegetable crops. The predictive web-based tool is currently in use in Oregon and calculates times for over 10 vegetable varieties already. The team hopes to add another 40 vegetables to the system during 2017 and spread its use. This tool will help keep accurate timing of harvests, which will lead to more profits and more product.