Modern statistics can trace its origins to agricultural research. R.A. Fisher did his ground breaking work in Rothamsted Agricultural Research Station. Nowadays, more than ever, there is a need for agricultural research to go hand in hand with statistical analysis.
H.G. Wells predicted that “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write”. Today in the world of Big Data that day has come and in the Southern Arava R&D station we aim to provide the statistical tools necessary for the research being carried out.
A centralized platform has been created to collect data from most of the date orchards in the Southern Arava. This includes data concerning irrigation, fertilizer, quality and quantity of dates harvested as well as data relating to man power and use of machinery. This data is being combined with meteorological data collected by the R&D meteorological station over many years to help to improve the efficiency and the quality of date production.


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