Scientists and growers started experimenting with hybridizing seed corn in the early 20th century, and even back then, detasseling played a most significant role in the production process. In a mere century, we went from extensive manual labor, to introducing machined detasseling, to eventually having access to the latest technologies of drones and artificial intelligence.
Precise and timely detasseling – the removal of the tassels from all corn plants of one variety – results in a more physically uniform batch, increased yield, and higher genetic purity. Achieving a marketable purity rate of 99.7% leaves minimal room for error. The detasseling process is highly labor-intensive and very costly. This is where Proofminder steps in.
Figure 1 – Hybrid corn seed field after machine detasseling
Figure 2 – Missed tassel
Figure 3 – Missed tassels identified by Proofminder AI Model and marked on the field
Figure 4 – Missed tassels report built with Proofminder
Figure 5 – Proofminder report: field overview with exact GPS coordinates of each missed tassel
Figure 6 – Exportable reports for the detasseling team
Figure 7 – Image gathering, flying over the corn field
Figure 8 – Image gathering using DJI Drone
Proofminder enables Agroindustry players to transition to plant- and leaf-level farming. Leveraging AI to extract actionable insights from drone images, we provide growers with invaluable information about every square centimeter of their fields, across the entire season.
We collaborate with both growers, including agriholdings and farmers, cultivating corn seeds, as well as seed producers. Numerous top seed producers already entrust us with their detasseling efforts.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to address your detasseling challenges and stay ahead of the curve.