Automation of your farm equipment and techniques lets you monitor, map, program and control everything, on site or even remotely. Everything feeds into your computerised work station, whether it’s in your office or on a mobile device in the field. There you can program conditions, easily, without having to learn computer programming. Your system will read out data in understandable form such as graphs so you can get overviews and details. And your cameras can video everything so you can check what’s going on in the fields. Therefore you can see how it’s related to production data. You spend less time hands-on and have more time to manage and plan. It’s a safer and more productive, profitable way to work.
Here is just a sample of some of the things we can help you achieve with farm automation:
- manage crops to maximise yields.
- check product quality.
- monitor and control water and other resource use .
- assess, sort and handle animals, eg. cows, chickens and even fish.
- harvest and get products to market even when there are labour shortages.
- measure rainfall, wind, temperature and humidity anywhere on your property, and be alerted to coming weather
- check on pests and engage control methods
- monitor soil conditions and custom program fertiliser and watering
- Plus much more.
Dairy farm automation
Automation on the dairy farm means a smooth flow of information, animals and milk through the system. You can tailor it to suit your own farm. You’ll be able to monitor whether cows are on heat, and draft them out separately from the herd. In fact all drafting can be automated. Furthermore sensors check cell counts during milking so you can immediately exclude unsuitable milk and begin treatment of the cow. Other automation systems can check on factors such as: milk yield and composition, the performance of your plant equipment, resource usage, adapting tasks to the weather and alerts about poor producing cows.
Crop growing automation
One of the great offerings of farm automation is autonomous machines and vehicles. They can go out to the fields and do their jobs precisely with or without a driver. They can be fully automated or part manually controlled. This is especially useful in the labour shortage situation. It enables you to meet harvest and supply deadlines, increase yields, productivity and profits. Not only that, the machines can work around the clock while you sleep.
Autonomous vehicles can be employed in planting, harvesting, fertilising, pest control, watering and transporting of crops. They go out to the fields and work by themselves. You can coordinate multiple vehicles from your workstation, remotely or in-field on portable pad and smartphone. Moreover the computer can plot the best path for the vehicles across multiple fields. You can monitor them by video. You can also watch them make adjustments as weather information comes in. The vehicles will not bump into anything because that’s covered - they will stop and wait to go around.
Automation becomes a powerful ally in broadacre farming. You can easily benefit by economies of scale. You need multiple large tractors, combines, transporters and other vehicles. Therefore advanced automation programs can calculate the best way to cover all the fields. They calculate according to the job, vehicles required, size of operations, turning circles, etc. More than one process can be done at once, for example, you can plant one field and till another simultaneously, and effortlessly.
Specialty crops, small spaces
Crops with narrow rows like vineyards and orchards can be run by automation too. Compact tractors can be used so you still benefit from the efficiency, increased productivity and safety.
Appreciate the magic, and talk to us today about how you can implement and use it.