Planting and Crop Management
Robotics have revolutionised horticulture, with a lot of heavy lifting and data collection now carried out by automated or remotely controlled machinery. This includes:
- Planting seedlings
- Transplanting germinated seeds
- Transporting plants around the farm
- Constant plant surveillance and weed management
- Gathering key farm data including topography, weather conditions and soil types
- Recognising water and nutrient deficiencies
- Diagnosing disease and identifying pests
Growers can input this data into software tools that can predict flowering, fruit set, pest incursions, harvest timings and yield, supporting decisions around thinning, pruning, irrigating and harvesting. This information supports decision-making on to increase input efficiency, plan work schedules and secure market access ahead of time.
AgTech can also be used in planting and crop management to optimise the planting configuration and choose the appropriate plant varieties for conditions at specific locations.
The use of robotics to automate labour-intensive processes not only reduces production costs, it also reduces potential injury to workers and improves health and safety.