Farmacist is working with banana growers to develop banana paddock yield maps. This is achieved through the deployment of prototype bagging units with GPS and RFID scanning capability, electronic scales, and new weight station software. RFID tags are deployed across paddocks during banana bagging operations.
These bunches, once harvested, come through the packing shed where they are weighed. Weights are recorded in the software and assigned to the RFID tag which has the locational data of the bunch. The software produces daily and weekly harvested bunch weight reports, which the grower can assess via email. Yield maps are generated once all bunches in the paddock have been harvested.
Farmacist believes this yield map datasets will form the foundation for implementation of Precision Agriculture solutions in bananas.
Farmacist is also working with banana growers to develop whole of farm nutrient management plans.