Technology applied to agribusiness has shown incredible results in enhancing productivity, plague and diseases control, and reducing waste. Learn more about the major initiatives applied to sugarcane production in Brazil.
Drones have multiple uses in agriculture and may be used for data collection, fire control or fighting diseases and plagues. Through multispectral or RGB cameras, drones can register sequential images on a certain region that, aligned with data analysis, may guide producers about the sugarcane field health, soil quality or alert them about plague existence, and so many other uses.
Besides, regarding pest control, in larger areas, drones can be used to target the pest focus and introduce its natural enemies in a fast and accurate way. This is a common practice among sugarcane producers, known as biological control.
Sugarcane producers have started to use technology to monitor and be prepared to fight fires, especially during dry season. Some mills and distilleries even use Nasa (U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellites for high performance, real-time monitoring fire outbreaks and help to decrease response time from fire brigades. The fire outbreak monitoring occurrs 24/7 and the response time decreased from 23 to 6 minutes.
A steady investment from Brazilian sugarcane sector in enhanced genome research has enabled a more advanced approach: sugarcane varieties better adapted to regional soil and weather patterns, and more resistant to diseases and plagues. Nowadays, the Sugarcane Technology Center (CTC) has more than 4,000 varieties in its Sugarcane Germplasm Bank, the biggest and most complete genome bank for sugarcane in the world.