Drones For Apple Orchards

Organically Drone Grown

Apples (Malus) are among the most difficult fruits to grow organically because of the large number of pests attracted to them. Pest control tactics can be labor intensive and the results, as well as the pests attacking your tree, may vary from year to year. Don’t let this discourage you, though, because the organic approach is good for your health and the ecosystem.

Field Details

Farmland Acreage

500 acres

Challenge Given

Reduce crop loss by on-time crop care

Location

Nankhari, Himachal Pradesh, India

Turn Around

Unavailability of skilled labour, TRITHI’s team served 80 acres/day.

Project Details

Work type

Crop Health Monitoring & Drone Spray

Ground Crew

10 member team – Amit, Siddharth, Rajiv, Hemu, Ram, Sameer, Vasant, Akash, Ashwatha & Govind.

Duration

1 week

Equipment Arsenal

2 multispectral multi-rotor setup with post processing – computer softwares. 2 hexacopter of 10 litre capacity & 2 octocopter of 15 litre capacity spray drones.

Find Early – Act Now – Save Crop

Typical organic solutions to pests on apple trees include integrated pest management — releasing beneficial insects — and spraying organically approved insecticides.

While major apple tree pests directly affect the quality of the fruit, minor pests damage the foliage and leaf stems. These pests include, but are not limited to, aphids, leafrollers, mites and scale insects.

Agriculture Drones are Future

Paraffinic oil, also known as horticultural oil and dormant spray oil, smothers and kills over-wintering eggs of many apple tree pests. It’s an effective treatment organic gardeners can use for scale insects, red bugs, European red mites, bud moths, leaf rollers, apple aphids and codling moth larvae, according to information from the University of California Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. For a home orchard, spray the tree with paraffinic oil but needed to spray effectively and to the large farm of around 500 acres with limited labours.

“TRITHI’s team put in to spray using two medium 10 litre drone & two 15 litre drone which covered all of the trees in 1.1 weeks. Which helped the farm to produce best natural apples, without using pesticides.”

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