Saksham Bhutani , Marketing Head at Indshine
February 12, 2020
Within the last few years, sugarcane has become very important in Brazil’s economy and in the world scenario. Brazil is the largest producer of sugarcane in the world, sugarcane occupies 9.8 Million hectares that represents about 12% of all cropland in Brazil.
Brazil produces 25% of the world’s sugar & ethanol, so any damages and pests in Sugarcane can be crucial to the economy. Some of Brazil's main pests of sugarcane and their respective losses are:
There may be several causes associated with sugarcane crop failure some of them being: faulty planting methods, seed quality, climate, genetics, and soil quality. To cope-up with these issues, precision agriculture has become a necessity.
Here's a case story of Velbrax Agro, one of the leading companies working in the precision Agri-Tech market in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil who has helped a renowned agro company to locate crop failures in sugarcane farms through drones.
To indicate planting quality in sugarcane crops, an important parameter that is monitored is "gaps in crop plantation". Gaps are mostly caused by problems during planting operations (e.g., failures on stalks deposition, pests, dry weather, erosion, etc.).
The main problem of sugarcane cultivators is how to increase the output per unit of input and thereby reduce these gaps. Earlier, the gap was figured out from visual analysis, and then those gaps were refilled with the sugarcane seeds to allow them to grow. But one needs to know how many tons of seeds will fill all the empty spaces. Before the use of drones, this process was visual and less efficient.
A renowned agro-based company had been majorly facing the following issues with sugarcane production:
This aforementioned agro company had partnered with Velbrax Agro for the following area of concern, for the aerial inspection of gaps in sugarcane field at the State of Sao Paulo.
Carlos Orion, the co-founder at Velbrax Agro, figured a unique solution to the problem statements by proposing the use of drones. He used a fixed-wing drone for the detection and quantification of planting failure in sugar cane fields, near the City of Barrinha, in the State of Sao Paulo.
Final Reports were prepared based on the spacing lines / gaps to figure out:
The project link shows the orthomosaic with spacing lines on it:
Sharing the results of area-2 for glimpse:
In a total area of 250 hectares, drones were able to save R$ 18,44,000 (Brazilian Real), which could have been sort of impossible by visual analysis.
Market price as per CONSECANA report is R$ 79.57 per ton
Carlos Orion (Co-founder at Velbrax Agro) explains - Indshine is the go-to option of showing their works to their existing as well as prospective clients. Indshine is a new concept of mapping share. Through Indshine, you can also choose how many and how people have access.
There's close to 5.6 million hectares sowing of sugarcane crops in the São Paulo region, hence a lot more potential to save. Technologies such as VRT, remote sensing, drones, GPS and GIS technology can add a lot of value in increasing productivity, decreasing labor overheads and enabling optimal use of resources.
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