Predicting Green Bean Harvest and Yield

Using predictive models to predict green bean harvest, yield and quality to better align supply and demand.
Project complete

In Partnership With:

Mulgowie Fresh Pty Ltd
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
QLD Government

Predicting Green Bean Harvest and Yield

This project was completed in January 2023. Read the final project report.

Project Impact

  • The research used data science and real-world testing to create an accurate predictive model, the Grena-Bena tool which is supporting one of Australia’s largest vegetable producers, Mulgowie Farming Company by improving green bean supply forecasting.
  • Improved knowledge and supply forecasting drives efficiency gains from planting all the way through to the retail shelf.
  • The infrastructure, methods and processes developed in this project provide a valuable platform and example for ongoing improvement and development of underlying models and algorithms in the crop growing and broader agricultural sector.

The Challenge

Suppliers of fresh produce need to make fast, significant, and complex decisions.

There are many complexities in supply and production planning in fresh produce systems with many variables to consider for accurate forecasting of yield, including changing weather patterns.

Australian green bean growers need to know when beans can be harvested and what is the likely yield. Managing green bean supply continuity is also important for enhancing brand reputation, value, and growth potential.

The Solution

The project team created a dedicated green bean modelling tool, Grena-Bena for Mulgowie Farming Company by identifying and building on existing crop planting, yield, and location data.

The tool was then commercially tested and further refined throughout the 12 month hyper-care period.

The new on-line Grena-Bena, harvest date and yield prediction tool allows instant up-dating of every crop planting and location.

Weather variability that impacts potential yield and harvest date is immediately visible to the agronomy crop management team.

This has enhanced communication and oversight throughout the entire production line allowing staff to minimise any supply disruption impacts and maximise sales.

meet the team

Majella Nolan

Innovation Manager, Food Agility CRC

David Carey

Senior Horticulturist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland

Associate Professor Paul Corry

Associate Professor in Operations Research, Science and Engineering Faculty, School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology

Amanda Woods

Project Lead, Mulgowie Farming Company


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