New tracking device improves farm productivity
FarmTrack has launched a new tracking device which gives farmers the ability to manage their farm productivity to much higher efficiency and cost-effective standards by removing the guesswork from everyday regular tasks.
Cluver Farms in the Western Cape grows both apples (60%) and vines (40%) and has conducted extensive trials with FarmTrack. They have recently rolled out the FarmTrack device for all their 18 tractors used on Cluver’s 200ha of orchards. Farm manager Karin Cluver says that managing risk is, of course, always high on any farm management agenda. “When we first tested FarmTrack, we were excited about being able to measure our spray efficiency in both the orchards and vineyards. What surprised us was the positive spin-offs of other functions that we are now also measuring on a daily basis.”
Cluver can now check the accuracy and coverage of spray in each field and, for example, show where crop rows have been missed. When rows are missed, this could mean that the trees and crops are then vulnerable and susceptible to specifically fungal diseases. FarmTrack also allows accurate monitoring of tractor driver efficiency and sheds light on any weaknesses and strengths.
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