Automatic data capture provides year-round benefits, allowing managers of tree crops to optimize staff productivity, plant protection and crop growth. By linking to load cells or optical sensors, yield and weight data can be collected to create yield maps for analysis. This allows for more accurate handling of variables across blocks.
In turn, this information can drive changes to spraying programmes and fertilizer strategy and can be used to outline frost or disease-affected areas, helping to identify variable rate application requirements. These efficiencies combined with the time-saved through the job management system can be spent growing the business.
PISTACHIO HARVEST WITH TRACMAP
USING YOUR DATA TO INCREASE YIELD
Clinton Bowman, President of Bowman Custom Farming based in Modesto California, uses a TracMap in-cab GPS display unit in his Flory almond harvester to communicate jobs clearly to his drivers. Managing all his jobs in the job management system TracMap Online, Clinton has full visibility of queued, live and completed jobs.
“What has been great is the ability to monitor job progression on the live tracking screen, and plan accordingly. Thanks to TracMap, we can clearly see how effective a new chemical was on increasing yield, which allows us to determine which treatments work and which don’t. We’re very excited about analyzing the data we have collected from TracMap.” Clinton explains.
As a grower and supplier, being able to analyse fertilizer and fungicide application ensures both optimum plant health as well as better environmental outcomes. TracMap’s system provides detailed reporting and traceability, verifying compliance and sustainability best practices are undertaken on the orchard.
Developed to provide and maintain an accurate GPS signal in intensive treeline orchards and under netting situations, TracMap is well suited for vehicles operating with a variety of tree crops. Even under dense canopies, the system will reliably track vehicles and capture data, leading to even further customer-driven developments.
TracMap has recently expanded their tracking capability to allow live job sharing and speed and rate reporting. Therefore, vehicles working on the same job can see the application coverage rates of other vehicles reducing errors, overspray or missed areas. Jobs can also be calculated, tasked and reported on a linear metre basis instead of the standard per hectare rate.