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The Importance of Phenology for Yield Prediction

Many aspects that contribute to determining the final yield and the timing of the growth stages — i.e. phenology — experienced by the crop during the season is one of the main factors. Understanding and correctly predicting crop phenology is an important prerequisite for accurate yield prediction. Phenology is different from growth. It is about measuring and understanding the phases of growth that a plant passes through as it advances towards maturity. 

Another term scientists have used to describe phenology is development. Hitting the phases at the right times, and for the right durations, creates optimal conditions for high yields as the plant grows. Phenology is the part of the life cycle that measures the duration of growth. Accurate awareness of a plant’s current phenological stage guides decisions and can suggest actions that growers should take to promote growth. Phenology is typically measured in days. 

At CIBO, we simulate the phenology and growth of many crops across the United States. By looking at how we track the phenology of corn, users gain confidence in the science-based and decision-ready insights that CIBO delivers at scale. CIBO’s data-powered simulation model can predict phenological events for several crops. CIBO’s in-season yield simulation tool directly reports phenology in a variety of ways. These factors include projected maturity dates, environmental factors like weather and soil, and crop management factors like planting date. Understanding these factors assist users with harvest, capacity, and marketing planning without physically visiting each corner of the field.

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