Camera set to offer better monitoring

An improved quad bike-mounted camera capable of logging individual fruit within an orchard with 95 per cent accuracy will be commercially available next year, the British Independent Fruit Growers' Association technical day heard.

Orchards: enhanced monitoring - image: HW
Orchards: enhanced monitoring - image: HW

The Omnia Fruit Vision Mark II from Hutchinsons of Cambridgeshire is a refinement of the Mark I, launched last year, and can be integrated with GPS sampling and aerial photography.

Hutchinsons agronomist Tom Rouse said: "As well as counting fruit on the tree, the Mark II will also be able size, shape and band the fruit."

This helps to assess crop yields, predict storage volumes and highlight which areas are low-yielding, he explained. "It can help sales desks with marketing plans and it can enable growers to hone their picking systems, and so improve profitability."

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