Thursday, 28 February 2019
Antony Yousefian, UK Director, 30MHz, talks about the potential benefits of data driven production
Many horticultural businesses are beginning to see the gathering and analysis of data as a critical and core part of their crop production systems. From information on microclimate, moisture levels to disease monitoring, this data is helping growers to make better decisions on crop protection, nutrition and irrigation.
Perhaps less-widely recognised is the ability for data gathering via crop sensors to help increase labour productivity.
We have a growing customer base of soft fruit growers who are using sensors to monitor microclimates and moisture levels in their polytunnels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This job has traditionally been done by people, walking extensive growing areas to manually take readings. By using real-time wireless sensors, this valuable labour resource can then be used in more productive areas, ‘more heads up and less heads down,’ as growers often say to us.
Working closely with the industry we’re continuously discovering new applications of sensory data and we believe it will play an increasing role in sustainable integrated pest management strategies.
Better knowledge of the environmental factors, such as soil temperature or humidity, coupled with an understanding of pest or disease pressures, could help growers to make better decisions about which biocontrols or biopesticides to apply and when.
By collating data, growers can produce evidence for the different factors which may affect plant stresses or identify when pest and disease outbreaks might occur, helping inform future crop management strategies.
30MHz will also be exhibiting at the conference.