12 May 2000

Digital cameras soon?

PLANS are in hand to allow SWA clients to use the power of electronic communication to identify specific field problems.

"We have been looking ahead and I believe that anyone in my line of business wont just be tramping around thousands of acres every so often making recommendations," says Mr Harrison. "So we have been looking at the possibility of using a digital camera to allow clients to give me real-time images of pests, diseases and crop growth stages outside my scheduled visits."

Database services, offering instant online husbandry support through the help of such images, are likely to play an increasing role in agronomy, he believes.

Remote sensing, using satellites to constantly update crop progress, is another area to help target inputs more accurately, he adds. &#42