Tree Crops: July Events Focus On Early Problem Detection Technology

California almond orchard. Photo: USDA

Citrus, nut, and grape growers will receive information on early-stage problem detection technology and its place in managing tree-crop yields during four California sessions in July.

Bakersfield, Fresno, Paso Robles, and Sonoma are on the schedule for the inaugural Trees & Tech US Roadshow. Organizers say it will give growers a chance to see the latest developments in tree-crop analytics.

The series is sponsored by Aerobotics and will include participation by other agtech companies’ tree crop analytics with local growers.

See information on dates and locations below.

Aerobotics’ U.S. tour will introduce growers to players in the technology and show how the components address problems in the field as signs of damage occur.

Aerobotics processes data from drone and satellite imagery through its proprietary artificial intelligence software, Aeroview. Its tools are used to discover and analyse problems affecting each individual tree in an orchard. This is aimed at allowing growers and crop advisors to easily track and review production prospects.

“The farming industry is seeing a rapid transformation in precision agriculture, making production a more efficient process to save growers time and money,” says James Paterson, Aerobotics’ CEO.  “We want to help familiarize growers with more efficient data-driven approaches and track farm performance on a per tree basis, and optimize the health of their fields.”

Aerobotics’ proprietary software, Aeroview, and its new app, InField, creates a trackable scout map of problematic trees in the field, according to a company press release.

To date, Aerobotics has covered more than 250, 000 acres of farmland globally and approximately 25, 000 acres in the U.S. Aerobotics currently operates in 18 countries in Europe, Africa and the Americas. More than 30 million trees have been captured by its AI systems.

Aerobotics’ system also is used to aid accurate scouting in the field.

Along with California, stops are scheduled in Georgia, Florida and Washington between July 9 and July 23.

Presentations will be made by members of the Aerobotics’ team, international speakers and partners, and the event will give visitors a chance to see new agtech innovations first hand.

Barbeque will be served at the events.

“The idea behind the roadshow is that we want to take our technology to growers in-person,” says Tim Willis, Aerobotics’ COO. “We know that it can be hard to implement new technologies on farms. We want to help growers understand how new innovations in agriculture can impact them. The events are interactive meeting places where growers can engage in discussions on critical agtech and real-time challenges.”

California stops include:

  • Sonoma, July 9, 10 a.m., Sonoma Community Center.
  • Bakersfield, July 10, 5 p.m., Hodel’s Country Dining.
  • Fresno, July 11, 5 p.m., Ziveli Winery.
  • Paso Robles, July 13, 11 a.m. Croad Vineyards.

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