Test Cases

Drones and soil sensors for Apples in Continental Region

Leader
DELPHY

Country
Netherlands

Sector
Fruit

Biogeographical region
Continental

Range of digital technologies
Reacting or Variable Rate Technologies, Robotic Systems or Smart Machines

Target stakeholders
Farmers and growers

Short description
Apple orchards in the Netherlands, focusing on the solution with drones and soil sensors. In the cultivation of apples and pears, drone technologies are increasing. The translation of drone data to a practical treatment in the field is a major challenge. Through this TC, data will be collected making prescription maps for applications such as tree specific root pruning and irrigation service based on soil sensors, weather forecast and soil properties. Farmers are involved in the development of new farm-based practical solutions, promoting to each other the new results.

Major goals
The main goal that this TC is expecting to deliver is the optimisation of labour costs and the increased efficiency of the use of pest and disease management (variable vigour gives different pressure in the field) which will lead to increased production and quality.