Aug 25, 2014 by Liangzhi You

In the era of big data, unmanned drones, and satellite remote sensing, our knowledge of crop growing locations remains surprisingly limited. We have even less information on crop yields that vary from plot to plot. While some developed countries have started to map their crops, most developing countries have no such capacity. Information on the distribution and performance of specific crops is therefore mostly available through national or sub-national statistics, which are often too general for a focused analysis. 

Jul 9, 2013 by Kate Sebastian

Last March at the Africa Agriculture GIS Week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, HarvestChoice team member Kate Sebastian presented the not-so-sneak preview of the Atlas of African Agriculture Research and Development.

May 23, 2013 by Jawoo Koo

Where in sub-Saharan Africa is the difference between actual and potential yield of maize most striking? We can answer this question pixel by pixel, region by region, but for the purpose of this brief analysis, let’s talk countries.

Apr 12, 2013 by Jason Beddow

Stem rust is a potentially devastating fungal disease that can kill wheat plants and small grain cereals, but more typically reduces foliage, root growth, and grain yields. The pathogen multiplies rapidly, and its spores can be dispersed by wind over thousands of kilometers.

Photo credit: CIMMYT

Jun 25, 2012 by Cindy Cox

A group of researchers from the University of Nebraska and Wageningen University are setting out to determine just that through the production of an atlas.

Apr 17, 2012 by Jeff Horwich

Risk: we all know what that means, right? But why is it such a critical part of our HarvestChoice portfolio, what does it mean when you look through the lens of farming in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Aug 31, 2011 by Jawoo Koo

With limited resources to cope with weather variability, smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are facing highly unreliable crop production from year to year. In this modeling exercise we quantified how much area is under such condition and what are their production potential under intensification. The simulation result indicates that, without further intensification, only 15% of current maize growing area has the potential to reliably produce more than 3 t/ha, a yield level suggested as being sufficient to sustain the cereal needs of a typical smallholder household. However, with well-managed intensification, 82% of the current maize area showed the potential to reliably produce 3 t/ha or more.


Dec 16, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Long-term yield trials are great resources for agricultural researches in multiple disciplines, but such dataset have not been readily available in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hatfield Experimental Farm in Pretoria, South Africa, is an exceptional case that has been providing maize yield and fertilizer trial dataset with 32 treatments since 1939. In collaboration with University of Pretoria, HarvestChoice facilitated the re-discovery of raw yield dataset from the trial to study the measured long-term yield variability.

Long-term maize trial plots at the Hatfield Experimental Farm, U of Pretoria

Aug 15, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

Conceptually, in its simplest form, one may liken the cultivation of a crop in the field to a mathematical function.


Aug 12, 2010 by Jawoo Koo

As a quick demonstration to estimate crop yield levels at regional-scale with various management assumptions, this post describes how crop systems models can be used to assess yield gap of rainfed maize due to the limited supply of soil nitrogen. This methodology can help researchers to find what is the most critical factor that limits crop yield productivity in a given environment condition and how to address the constraint.