Tropical Research Services field studies combine with farmer interaction and the study of localized weather data and a variety of other information resources, in order to determine a coherent overall picture, as to the expected forward supply.
Macro field studies are big-picture studies which determine the overall scale and condition of the crop. They begin with the determination of the area under cultivation. Macro field studies involve our teams covering large areas. Field-teams rotate on a regional-wide circuit throughout the cultivated areas, during the key phases of the development of the crop.
Micro field studies analyze for factors affecting the yield of the crop. These factors include the branch length of a coffee tree, the size of the cocoa pods, the height and sucrose content of the sugar cane, the adequacy of the sunshine, the rain, the shade, the husbandry and the soil moisture within the relevant regions, as well as a variety of other agronomic factors.
Micro growing areas singled out for special study are selected from the same regions, often from the same trees, in the same fields, year on year. By analyzing metrics on a like-for-like basis, a meaningful inference of the expected yield of the still-to-be harvested crop can be generated. Micro field studies analyze for insect infestation, disease and other factors with scope to affect the expected yield outcome.
Farmer interaction informs us about fertilizer application, local product-returns, farmer planting intentions and other exogenous factors. These factors combine with the study of highly localized weather data and a variety of other information resources, in order to determine a coherent overall picture, as to the expected forward supply.