Agriculture Victoria is changing the face of almond research
Zelmari Coetzee, Blair Grossman, Michael Treeby and Peta Faulkner |
A griculture Victoria Research (AVR) has initiated foundational research as part of their Horticulture Development Plan supported by the Victorian Government’s Agriculture Infrastructure and Jobs Fund and consists of two programs around novel orchard designs and efficient orchard management. Two projects relate to almond production and processing. Novel production systems are needed to remain competitive in an ever-changing competitive global market, characterised by constantly rising input costs and increasingly limited resource inputs. Zelmari Coetzee is leading a group aiming to simulate the long-term performance and profitability of innovative orchard production and management systems. 1. Fast-tracking the development of new orchard planting systems
Figure 1. Low resolution LiDAR point cloud (15 percent of datapoints) of a three-year old Nonpareil almond tree. Canopy light interception and distribution can be determined from the full resolution image by simulating and tracing the sun’s rays through the canopy. Colours show the tree height above ground level.