Intelligent yield estimation for tomato crop using SegNet with VGG19 architecture

Yield estimation (YE) of the crop is one of the main tasks in fruit management and marketing. Based on the results of YE, the farmers can make a better decision on the harvesting period, prevention strategies for crop disease, subsequent follow-up for cultivation practice, etc. In the current scenario, crop YE is performed manually, which has many limitations such as the requirement of experts for the bigger fields, subjective decisions and a more time-consuming process.

To overcome these issues, an intelligent YE system was proposed which detects, localizes and counts the number of tomatoes in the field using SegNet with VGG19 (a deep learning-based semantic segmentation architecture). The dataset of 672 images was given as an input to the SegNet with VGG19 architecture for training. It extracts features corresponding to the tomato in each layer and detection was performed based on the feature score.

The results were compared against the other semantic segmentation architectures such as U-Net and SegNet with VGG16. The proposed method performed better and unveiled reasonable results. For testing the trained model, a case study was conducted in the real tomato field at Manapparai village, Trichy, India. The proposed method portrayed the test precision, recall and F1-score values of 89.7%, 72.55% and 80.22%, respectively along with reasonable localization capability for tomatoes.

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Maheswari, P., Raja, P. & Hoang, V.T. Intelligent yield estimation for tomato crop using SegNet with VGG19 architecture. Sci Rep 12, 13601 (2022). 

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