Frequently Asked Questions
In our experience, every grower practices crop load management. FruitScout just makes it possible to collect enough data in a short amount of time to make precision crop load management possible. If you are new to precision crop load management, we recommend you start with a pilot. We will train your staff and work with you the entire season to make sure you get results.
Pricing is simple. You pay only for the trees you measure. We offer annual subscriptions billed monthly. Pricing starts at $1/sampled tree/year or $.085 cents a month. To find out how much FruitSout will cost you, try our pricing calculator.
FruitScout does not generate yield estimates, but rather uses direct measurements in your orchards to provide you with optimal load targets and the data throughout the season needed to hit those targets. Many growers develop estimates by comparing what they see today to recollections of prior years. Instead of replacing that expertise, FruitScout upgrades the yardstick used to make year-over-year comparisons. It takes the labor and subjectivity out of image collection, turning estimating into a quick, accurate, and objective data-driven process.
Companies that promise to replace hard data and grower experience with their own yield estimates do so by essentially guessing at the number of fruit that cannot be seen.
FruitScout identifies visible fruit on trees at all stages of growth: dards, flowers, fruitlets, maturing, and ripe fruit. It does this by analyzing a smartphone picture that shows 1 – 4 trees abreast. Fruit detection is elemental to analysis, and FruitScout reports verifiably accurate counts.
FruitScout technology excludes fruit showing on background trees or laying on the ground. The system identifies a specific cultivar and will not be confused by similar fruit, such as a crab apple, even if a crab apple tree is among the 1 – 4 trees in the image.
Only FruitScout offers a 100% smartphone based solution. You do not need expensive cameras, drones, or GPS systems. That means you can get started quickly and you don’t need to spend a lot of money up front. Take a smartphone out into your orchards, take pictures of the blocks, and upload them for processing. The PCLM Dashboard provides results in hours.
More is better, if accuracy and precision are your goal. Ultimately this depends on the fruit and variety, but consider a range from 5% to 20%. A 10% sample rate is sufficient for most varieties.
We support most modern smartphones with 12 megapixel cameras or better. However, in our experience, the better the camera, the better the data. We are designed to work best on Samsung and Apple phones.