Research in this theme used to focus mainly on orchard mechanization. One of the major outcomes of this research was to highlight inefficiencies in especially pome fruit tree structure, which emphasised the need to encourage industry towards planting higher density orchards with more two-dimensional trees on productive and precocious rootstocks. Mechanization research has, however, come to an end for now and there are currently no running projects under this theme. However, the theme has been expanded to also include research relating to technology drivers such as big data, remote sensing, robotics, and GIS that will all contribute to changing the way we produce our fruit in our orchards of the future.
Farming Technology Workgroup