Agricultural and Viticultural Image Processing

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Algorithms to improve efficiency in agtech using high-detail image processing systems to estimate yield, detect stress levels in plants and manage land using commercial, off-the-shelf hardware and consumer devices. These tools give large-scale visibility that improve productivity while saving time and money.

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Competitive advantage

  • Simple to use image processing systems that give large-scale visibility with much greater detail than aerial imaging
  • Uses highly affordable and available image capture systems
  • Robust algorithms backed by ground-truth data


  • The development of more robust algorithms for processing images from tree-size to microscopic level will reduce labour requirements in vineyards and orchards, improve the reliability of image data management and provide greater insight into yield estimation processes.

Successful applications

  • There have been nine finished deployments and evaluations of the technology, with three in process.
  • Refined the data collection practices of Pernod Ricard in the Marlborough region of New Zealand.
  • Apple flower and canopy density mapped by SwarmFarm using algorithms
  • QR code based image processing tools simplifying data collection to identify leaf and trunk disease by Plant and Food Research New Zealand
  • Algorithms applied by Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture for flower counting and early-stage yield estimation
  • Algorthms being used by researchers in the Netherlands for stomata detection
  • Komatsu Japan is implementing patented earth-moving algorithms

Capabilities and facilities

  • Local and remote computing servers configured for large-scale image processing.
  • Field sites for evaluating mobile sensing systems.

Our partners

  • SwarmFarm
  • Bosch
  • Adama
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited
  • Plant and Food Research New Zealand
  • Lincoln Agritech
  • Pernod Ricard Winemakers Australia Pty Ltd
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Australian Wine Research Institute
  • Wine Australia
  • Makinex