Agricultural technology is advancing rapidly, and one company leading the way is Croptimistic Technology of Saskatoon. Their latest innovation, the SWATcam system, is revolutionizing how growers determine plant counts in their fields.
Mounted on each spray arm, the high-resolution camera captures images every 50 to 70 feet as it moves across the field. This level of detail provides a more accurate way to assess plant counts than traditional methods or satellite imagery.
Derek Rude, vice president of research and development at Croptimistic Technologyemphasizes that data capture with SWATcam is unbiased and automated. The captured images are uploaded to their software platform without any intervention from the operator.
The real power of this technology lies in its ability to extract information from each image independently and create a summary for each SWAT management zone. With this information, growers can adapt their management program based on specific areas of their fields that may be more challenging to establish.
Rude explains how they use this data to vary seeding rates in different management zones to achieve recommended plant counts. In areas with higher mortality rates, they increase seeding rates, while in more successful areas they may redistribute seed to improve challenging spots.
Furthermore, SWATcam technology allows for automated plant counts and evaluation of crop establishment and weed pressure throughout the field. By summarizing all this information by SWAT management zone, growers can make informed decisions based on factors like soil moisture regime and soil properties.
The impact of this innovation has been recognized at trade shows where Croptimistic Technology has showcased their product. Recently, SWAT Cam took third place in the Innovation Awards at the Western Canada Crop Production Show.
With agricultural technology evolving at such a rapid pace, innovations like SWATcam are transforming how growers approach planting and managing their fields. For more information about this groundbreaking technology visit https://cochranenow.com/articles/new-technology-helps-determine-plant-stand-counts
As we continue to see advancements like these in agricultural technology, it’s clear that precision farming is becoming an essential part of modern agriculture.