Production research

Stonefruit orchard technology

Technology in the Stonefruit research orchards at Tatura

Researchers at Agriculture Victoria will be testing technologies to determine their application to support research, automation and on-farm capability.

Technologies that will be utilised in the research orchards include:

  • LiDAR, vision sensors, artificial neural networks, thermal, and near-infrared and multi-sensor fusion,
  • drainage flux sensors and displacement transducers to measure fruit and trunk growth,
  • in-orchard RFID and NFC tree and fruit identification,
  • IoT enabled irrigation control and feedback sensors,
  • use of laser technology to write on fruit to enable research precision,
  • precision GPS (horizontal and vertical to identify fruit location)
  • the electronic nose and the DA-meter for fruit maturity and quality
  • satellite, UAVs, on-ground vehicles (potentially robot), handheld and permanently mounted technologies.