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Platfarm supports the Resourcing Growers for the Future Project

By 27 July 2020 July 28th, 2020 No Comments
Colourful sketch of an aerial view of a tractor approaching vine rows in a vineyard; above it hover 2 offset flat squares. The first, moving up, is a heat map showing the variability of vigour levels of the vines; the second is a prescription map indicating where to spread inputs at a variable rate. Swooping lines from an area on the map and from the tractor both point to a colourful sketch of a mobile phone screen, where the interface is directing a user to turn the output rate of their machine to High, and listing the rate of inputs that they should be applying. Text reads: “Targeted and variable rate applications of inputs”.

When grower groups are working to build local awareness of emerging trends in technology and data use, that’s something we’re keen to support — at Platfarm we believe in the value of community and connections, and that’s not just talk. 

Lately we’ve been working with one of our favourite grower groups, Langhorne Creek, on their Resourcing Growers for the Future Project, which has focused on how aerial imagery can be useful to growers and offer them value. Platfarm’s wonderful designer Ben Eblen and our Co-Founder Oli worked with Lian Jaensch and the Langhorne Creek team, resulting in Ben producing gorgeous artwork that really helps make it easier to see the uses of aerial imagery. Ben has a real skill for breaking down technical concepts into something fun and informative, and he has created portraits of local characters, too — there might be somebody you know!

The Resourcing Growers for the Future Project drew out six main ways aerial imagery can be used, and summarises them in this article: Making Practical Use of Imagery

Here’s a sneak peek at the six themes — but we recommend clicking through to the article for more detail and to see Ben’s wonderful illustrations!

  • to identify a vineyard’s average areas
  • to highlight areas of significant variability
  • to identify the areas of vineyards that are really struggling
  • to highlight irrigation issues
  • to inform their in-season decision making
  • to identify areas of the vineyard to target wines for vintage

Have you used aerial imagery in the past? Are you using it now? Planning to use it in the future? We’d love to know, so we will be putting out some surveys soon — please take part.

Langhorne Creek will be sharing insights from the Resourcing Growers for the Future Project on social media over the coming weeks, so if you see them please like, comment, and share!

Post 1 – accessing imagery and a survey
Please take a look and share!