Blog
December 21, 2020

FluroSense Insights Solves Crop/Livestock Challenges

Marie Marion
Agronomist and Project Manager

Featured photo credit: Lucy Kinbacher. The Land.

Historically, in pasture management, it has been difficult to use data-based approaches to make decisions given the lack of automated data capture in farm machinery.

Using FluroSense Insights in conjunction with remote sensing, producers are now able to keep track of pasture performance in real-time alongside monitoring their broadacre crops. FluroSense Insights allow you to:

  • Understand field variability and optimization of sampling location
  • Optimize herd rotation through advanced analytics
  • Access crop and pasture performance insights in minutes by using API integrations with Farm Management Systems like Agworld

In this case study, you will be able to see how producers can utilize the Flurosense Crop Performance Reports, and the Crop Performance Dashboard to solve mixed farm issues. Combined, these resources use remotely sensed biomass scores and crop growth status for each paddock to make data-driven and timely herd rotation decisions.

The FluroSense Crop Performance Report highlights the paddocks that need the most attention and the best performers so their management practice can be noted. Also, it benchmarks crop performance per variety and crop type on a field-by-field basis.
The Crop Performance Dashboard shows fields classified based on the crop growth rate. Fields marked in green saw an increase in biomass, while fields colored in brown had a decrease in biomass in the past week. Coupled with biomass scores, the growth rates are an excellent indicator of the harvest readiness of crops or grazing readiness of pastures.

Another tool that can be used is the FluroSense Zoning Tool, which allows an extrapolation of suggested sampling results to build field-specific application maps. This is especially useful in helping to identify and optimize sampling locations.

This application map was created using the CCCI layer, and FluroSense suggested sampling points in different areas of the field. Ultimately, it shows high variability due to a waterlogged area on the north side of the field.

Through the utilization of remote sensing-based insights for crop and pasture management, producers can follow an easy-to-adopt workflow that focuses on optimizing the efficiency of their mixed farming operations.

To learn more about how remote sensing and FluroSense Insights can solve mixed-livestock challenges, read our case study attached below!

FluroSense wishes to acknowledge that the Romani Pastoral Company trial was funded by Meat & Livestock Australia mla.com.au.

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