Accounting for fruit picked into bins by field pickers isn't easy. Errors can lead to conflict, and the wrong systems can be exploited. On the other hand, a system that tracks who harvested a bin can also track where and when they havested it. Being able to undertand the best production per ha (and the worst production) helps the farm improve.
At the best of times, paper systems are slow and lacking efficiency. Track your pickers' output digitally, including the location picked, the person and the time. Even the weight if necessary.
RFID and NFC are two complementary technologies like bar codes but more easily read and having more capabilities. RFID tags can be read from several metres distance, and line-of-sight is not required. NFC works over distances less than 10cm for more individual security.
Reduce the overhead and friction in managing incentives, and get an additional advantage though higher awareness of the progress of the harvest and manage assets better.
Average Soil Temperature by Week
Remote Sensing Imagery
Targeting Improvements in Productivity?
Its easy to underestimate the impact on productivity of variations in soil conditions across the farm.
High-resolution images show you the variation in conditions and productivity across the farm. NDVI and other vegetation measures reveal variation that is not visible to the unaided eye. With this data, we can cooperate with your agronomic advisors to set up management zones. Each zone gets managed in ways appropriate to it.
Counting Trees and Managing per Tree
Counting trees is sometimes done as an audit of a property on the market. We provide a map of the trees, and each tree is a unique entity. This is the basis of per tree management if you are targeting nutrition or other plans per tree. Georeferenced nutrition plans can then be discussed with your agronomic advisors, and variable fertiliser rates applied.
Pruning assessments and plans can be developed from imagery, because we can measure the growth of the canopy between dates. Making pruning assessments takes senior staff and resources away from daily issues. Using imagery and our bespoke algorithms provides a consistency of judgement within seasons and between seasons. And there are savings in several ways.
Use the button below to go to our demo GeoPortal showing several applications of spatial data in horticulture.
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data is like a tree
It is a long term asset. As it grows, it can deliver more benefits. Store it in a live and digital format so it can help you every day.
To get the benefits, the data should be converted to management information that leads to action and better results.
transform data to information
When it is stored digitally, data can be transformed to management information easily. Managers make better-informed decisions, and respond faster.
The current temperature can be a prompt to urgent action when thresholds are crossed.
The heat units for the past two months tell you how the crop is growing and maturing. Knowing about the crop stages is useful in preparing and responding strategically.
The hardware, the software, the systems that make it happen
Manage by Zone or Tree
identify variation from drone or satellite imagery
Precision horticulture is about measuring variation, and optimising productivity by understanding the local conditions across the farm, then changing the management to suit the conditions on that area.
Use More Information Effectively
collect data automatically
More detailed data guides better planning and decision making.Our radio network nodes will send data back wirelessly to the farm office, providing information from all zones. Use sensors ranging from soil temperature to fruit girth to air temperature and humidity, almost any sensor you want.
Record Production Data
learn which areas earn you money
Recording your production data can show you which areas of the farm give higher yields and which areas always yield less crop. This allows you to decide where to make improvements. Further investigation into soil conditions and nutrition plan will reveal whether solutions are feasible. It also enables analysis of wastage and unsaleable crop.
Digital Business Systems
reducing the cost and inconvenience of paper systems
Paper-based recording systems are about half as efficient as digital systems. Paper-based systems are an overhead that can't add additional benefit. Digital systems make it possible to integrate data from many sources, avoid duplication of data entry, and automate analysis and reporting.
"supplying digital solutions to horticultural businesses who are evolving their management."
Information makes you money, but collecting that information consistently can be a problem.
Field sensors send data back by radio connections at regular intervals. We use radios capable of sending data for more than 3km, because WiFi is not suitable in the field and so that they are not reliant on mobile phone networks. All the data is stored first on the farm and then backed up to the cloud. Almost any sensor can be integrated into the system.
If its information about farm activities, a tablet and the right small program for the purpose will provide real benefits.
Monitoring Growing Conditions
Agronomic advisors are not always on farm, and important changes occur between visits. They need to see data consistently.
Using soil temperature information you can know when the soil is warm enough to plant and when the soil is warm enough to apply fertiliser. It also enables planning for crop stages such as flowering and the rate at crop growth/production is slowing. Information on conditions is available to offsite advisors and stakeholders.
Different soils and aspects hold water at different rates. Its beneficial to sample soil moisture at locations/zones so that they capture this difference. Make field variation an asset that works for you.
Seasonal differences cause scheduling problems in harvest.
It helps to understand the current season, and how much it might be different from average seasons, using heat units. Sensor options include rainfall, air temperature, wind speed and wind direction. To meet regulatory requirements, some farms require wind speed and direction records from their farm, taken at the time of spray applications.
Improving Productivity using New Eyes
Soil varies across almost all farms. This changes the nutrition requirements and available water even within blocks.
It's not easily noticed at ground level. By optimising your management for the zones in your crop that are the same, you can get an advantage from the variation. We can acquire current imagery for your site from drones or satellite, process it to provide the information you want, and provide a reliable way to conveniently view and share it with the people who need it.
Automating Data Linkage
Tracking the output of individual pickers, and monitoring stock levels of inputs on paper is just an overhead.
Food safety systems may require it; there can be problems with records of pickers; stock management would benefit the organisation, but it can seem the costs are excessive.
RFID and NFC are technologies similar to barcodes but can operate without line of sight.
When the tags pass a sensor, radio waves detect their presence. The information can then update records automatically.
Information gets lost over time, and with staff changes. Sometimes it just isn't available across the organisation for the benefit of those who need it.
Farms are large sites. Live maps are an intuitive way to store, share and visualise management information. Our platform has a strong spatial capability. We can support your evolution in the use of spatial data and data access.
Getting and training good staff is always a challenge. Businesses become overly reliant on individual staff members.
We build digital business systems that minimise that kind of reliance, and enable flexibility. They also open up greater efficiency across the organisation. Data entered in one location becomes part of the information used by others in other parts of the business, reducing data entry costs. Digital systems reduce data entry costs by half or more. Get in touch for a demo of an integrated system for managing quality inspections and shipping processes.
Data on paper is just an overhead. Data in spreadsheets is hard to maintain and isn't easy to share across the organisation. Multiple copies get made, and that leads to confusion about which copies have the latest data. Data gets stored in several places, adding to costs.
It's useful to do testing and exploration with single purpose apps and spreadsheets, but data from these tools are hard to integrate into more comprehensive analysis. We customise our data management platform to keep all your data available in one place and available where it is needed. All the data is stored first on farm to avoid reliance on inconsistent internet connections. Later we back it up to secure cloud storage.
Make data and information available to offsite advisors and managers.
land and water management
providing the tools for modern, sustainable horticultural farms
Reasons to choose usreliability, support, cooperation
Our hardware is designed and built in Australia, the Australian way - for years of service. Our software is easy to use. Our target is to make systems that are easy to use for people who don't use computers very much. We help you to get the benefits of this robust product and keep getting them for years to come.
Modern agricultural management uses two approaches that are both parts of precision agriculture. They are:
1. manage by smaller areas that have similar conditions, or 'zones'. This enables a closer match between the specific requirements in small areas and what is applied.
2. collect, save and analyse data on conditions, activities and production, in order to improve efficiency.
How We Achieve Itwe built a comprehensive platform using our years of experience
The platform is built in modules. We incorporate all the data from sensors, from field operations and processes in the packing facility into one data structure.
Maps of farm layouts including blocks and irrigation, remote sensing images and zone maps, all are integrated into the platform. Data can be used wherever it is needed, and management information presented where it should be.
What our Clients Say
after we solved real business problems for them they said:
You are developing really practical software. This has enormously wide applications, I would imagine, for any land managers. Not just farmers.
A great innovator and delivers the goods. Exceptional follow up and an expert in his field. Would use him again in a heartbeat.
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For a number of years now Wadda Plantation has looked to the services of Land and Water Management when seeking solutions to individual or industry problems.
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