Platfarm co-founder Oli Madgett is a grower himself, with a vineyard in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. That’s the origin of Platfarm, and still the first place we test any changes.
Using Platfarm to turn data and spatial insights into practical action has already proven useful for increasing the Madgett’s tonnage and crop grade.
Winning the 2020 McLaren Vale Shiraz Challenge is deeply gratifying because it further validates our sense of mission at Platfarm: helping growers carry out work on their vineyards where it’s most needed, showing real impact.
Platfarm helps take the guesswork out where work needs to be done, making it possible to mulch lower vigour areas, apply compost at variable rates, and plant mid row crops to fix nitrogen in the zones that needed it most. Judicious shoot thinning in higher vigour areas and ripping specific rows have also been beneficial.
Tracking progress in Platfarm has saved time, optimised input costs, and allowed the Madgetts to feel confident about the decisions they’ve been making to move towards a secure sustainable future as growers.
If you want to know more about how Platfarm could aid in your decision making as a grower, contact us for a chat or demonstration.