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Satellites aid Northern Territory mango growers

Satellite imagery is helping Northern Territory farmers plan their harvests including to predict the equipment and number of staff that may be needed. A three year trial is winding up this harvest and has studied images of mango trees at different stages of growth to help estimate whether farmers are in for a productive season.

The trial involved five commercial growers across seven Top End orchards and is jointly funded by the Territory Government, the Federal Government, and Hort Innovation. The Territory growers had several different varieties of mango, different management techniques and trees of varying ages.

The information provided from satellite imagery was also used by growers to make decisions around logistics, including labour, equipment, packing, storage and transport, as well as product sales.

The data from the research was presented at the 2021 Developing the North Conference hosted in Darwin and the Australian Mango Industry Association’s August roadshow. As reported on, the researchers will now carry out further analysis of the information at the end of the harvest, with the data to be published by the project teams and distributed to growers.

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