Satellites help canegrowers identify ‘bludging’ paddocks

Satellites help canegrowers identify ‘bludging’ paddocks


Australia – Wed Jan 16, 2008 – Scientists are examining how satellite imagery can help sugarcane farmers to identify weaker parts of their cane fields.

Queensland’s Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has finished a pilot project that involved analysing satellite photos of the Silkwood and Upper Murray area in the state’s far north.

DPI senior agronomist Derek Sparkes says a poorer crop will reflect less light in photos. “I’d say on average that there’d be 30 per cent of a paddock that’s having a bludge, you might say, that’s dragging a chain [compared] to the rest of the paddock,” he said.

“If we can isolate that part of the paddock and find out what the problem is, you can selectively treat that paddock with whatever it might need to bring it up to par with the rest of the field.”