South Africa: Use of Drones Could Revolutionize Wine Farming
A Cape Town, South Africa agri-tech start-up company held a post-harvest vineyard management workshop in Paarl to educate farmers and the agricultural industry on how to use the latest innovations in precision agriculture, reports Mthuthuzeli Ntseku for Independent Online.
Aerobotics head of agronomy Devin Osborne made recommendations on when farmers should use drone technology. “The first drone flight of the season should be done at first leaf. The second drone flight should happen during flowering and fruit set, while the third drone flight should be conducted during fruit ripening,” he said.
He said the use of Aerobotics to obtain and process data from these flights would enable farmers to monitor early season growth, evaluate bud break, and locate deficiencies in vine resources. According to Osborne, there is also important use for drone flights after the harvest is completed.