June 27, 2017 - Would you like to work on the forefront of technological development in agriculture? We are looking for a new FruitLook Team member who can help farmers implement space technology in their daily farming routine. If you are interested, please send us a cover letter with your CV before Wednesday 19 July 2017.
You can find the full vacancy HERE.
June 21, 2017 - FruitLook has been covered in Al Jazeera’s award-winning earthrise series. This episode focuses on coping strategies for the ongoing drought in South Africa and looks at some innovative methods of sustainable farming and food production as climate change intensifies. See video below for the full story, the part on FruitLook starts at 8m25s:
You are welcome to register for Thursday 8 June for our FruitLook Basics Training (09.00 - 12.00) and FruitLook Seasonal Analysis Training (12.30 onwards).
May 29, 2017 - The full dataset of FruitLook 2016-17 is currently online available, describing crop growth and water use between 1 August 2016 to 30 April 2017. This brings excellent opportunties to analyse your season in detail. Why are yields in one block higher than in the other? Did you irrigate optimally? And did you do so in every part of your block? FruitLook can help you answer these questions. Within this training we will discuss the best way to approach this to make the perfect start to evaluate your production season.
The training is provided at the Main Building of the Deparment of Agriculture, Elsenburg (for directions click HERE) on Thursday 18 May. For more information or to register please contact email@example.com.
April 24, 2017 - In the newsletter much useful information can be found about FruitLook and the way you can use the data layers. For your convenience, the newsletters of FruitLook 2016-17 are listed here. You can open them by clicking on the name of the respective newsletter.
The newsletters of olders FruitLook seasons are also accessible in this news section, just scroll down!
November 28, 2016 - FruitLook was on
Radio Sonder Grense (RSG: 104 FM) on Saturday morning 19 November as part of the Landbou program. Andre Roux, (Director Sustainable Resources of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture), Caren Jarmain (Independent researcher and part of the FruitLook Team), Jacobus Els (FruitLook TechCoach), Jaco Engelbrecht (Viticulturist Visual Viticulture) and Tiaan Snyman (Soil Scientist Agrimotion).
You can listen the program again via http://www.elsenburg.com/radioelsenburg/2016/F161119.mp3.
May 2, 2016 - In the newsletter much useful information can be found about FruitLook and the way you can use the data layers. For your convenience, the newsletters of FruitLook 2015-16 are listed here. You can open them by clicking on the name of the respective newsletter.
The newsletters of FruitLook 2014-15 are also available:
December 8, 2015 - A FruitLook Movie has been created for the Dutch Trade Mission to South Africa in November 2015. FruitLook was one of the presented innovations representative for successful Dutch - South African cooperation. At the event a FruitLook Movie was on display.
The movie resembles a fly-over by the satellite and visualizes the capture of crop production during the growth season. The movie starts with a West-to-East fly-over from the northern side of Cape Town (you can see Cape Town on your bottom right) via Paarl and Worcester to De Doorns. Above De Doorns a time lapse portrays the monthly Biomass Production as captured and provided via FruitLook.
June 22, 2015 - Efficient management of water resources is invaluable for perseverance and future growth of the fruit and wine production industries in the Western Cape. FruitLook is seen as a valuable tool for producers and the fruit industry as a whole on the road to sustainable resource management. But does FruitLook indeed help the fruit production sector to become more water/resource efficient?
The FruitLook questionnaire has been disseminated on April 22 to investigate this question. The results show an encouraging picture. Clear benefits are indicated to be a reduction in irrigation water application and especially an increase in efficient water management by the FruitLook user. More than 60% of the respondents indicated FruitLook helped them manage their water more efficiently by at least 10%. FruitLook was deemed especially useful to detect over- or underirrigation, for the placement of soil moisture probes, the detection of drainage problems and post-seasonal evaluation of irrigation efficiency. Less value was given to FruitLook’s ability to aid in irrigation scheduling and the detection of irrigation problems like pipe-breaks. The results indicate FruitLook furthermore provides a strong asset to post seasonal evaluation of problem blocks, detection and solving in-season growth issues and gaining improved block uniformity.