Journal article

Machine Learning Algorithms to Predict Forage Nutritive Value of In Situ Perennial Ryegrass Plants Using Hyperspectral Canopy Reflectance Data

Chaya Smith, Senani Karunaratne, Pieter Badenhorst, Noel Cogan, German Spangenberg, Kevin Smith

Remote Sensing | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

Nutritive value (NV) of forage is too time consuming and expensive to measure routinely in targeted breeding programs. Non-destructive spectroscopy has the potential to quickly and cheaply measure NV but requires an intermediate modelling step to interpret the spectral data. A novel machine learning technique for forage analysis, Cubist, was used to analyse canopy spectra to predict seven NV parameters, including dry matter (DM), acid detergent fibre (ADF), ash, neutral detergent fibre (NDF), in vivo dry matter digestibility (IVDMD), water soluble carbohydrates (WSC), and crude protein (CP). Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) was used as the test crop. Independent validation of the develope..

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