Tomato is economically the most important vegetable crop, but also the most vulnerable to pests and diseases. Worldwide tomato production is over 163M tons yearly. Europe, being the 2nd biggest tomato producer with more than 16M tons yearly. Even small and cold countries like Denmark, where you would never think tomatoes would survive, are investing in tomato production. But how do they manage to produce high-quality organic certified tomatoes? In Denmark, tomato production is mostly under greenhouse conditions, generating more than 15 million euros/year. However, tomato farmers still struggle to fight the numerous pests and diseases affecting tomatoes.
Aphids, nematodes, and whiteflies can compromise the yield and quality of tomatoes, making greenhouse farmers lose a lot of money. This problem aggravates pest resistance. For example, if pesticides with similar modes of action are applied frequently, it will enhance more resistant individuals. The problem with pest resistance in greenhouse environments is the fact that there is restricted migration causing insects carrying resistant genes to inbreed and pass it on to next generations.
New technologies to aid tomato production
The good news is that now, pest resistance management can be improved with new technological development. And at the same time achieve beyond sustainable practices in agriculture and horticulture. The greenhouse industry is continually developing new strategies and technologies to resolve specific limitations of the crops, reducing any related environmental impact and adapting to the new market requirements. However, as farms become larger or less accessible, such as with the Covid-19 situation, remote monitoring and real-time crop status data is more important than ever. Greenhouse technology, such as software and hardware will help the farmer make smart decisions on how to manage the crops. Some of the main future applications of technology in greenhouses include plant stress detection, fruit detection or counting, pest, disease, or weed detection, and yield prediction or harvesting.
An experiment carried out by the University of Wageningen determined that using smart farming like algorithms and remote sensing technology to control greenhouse production of tomatoes, outperformed actual farmers. With this greenhouse technology, farmers can even custom their crops to produce a specific number of fruits of the desired size to optimize yield and fruit quality. By applying this into the horticulture business we can unlock a whole new level of smart farming, where real-time data and even predictive modeling will have a positive impact both on the economic and environmental aspects. In short, a new farming concept is emerging and ready to settle.
How we at Fauna Smart Technologies can help
At Fauna Smart Technologies we believe in this smart farming concept and we contribute by developing software and hardware to detect pests before it’s too late. With our knowledge database, you will be in control of the immunity condition of your plants and anticipate with real-time data to have the healthiest fruits and vegetables. If you want your organic and beyond sustainable i.e. regenerative horticulture production to stand out, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org