At EUCA Technologies we pride ourselves on finding the best solution for our client's needs – our team of experts and our dynamic technology can offer bespoke solutions. One such bespoke solution is the overhead cooling system installed in 2021 at Cherries of Eden, a cherry orchard in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
“The cherry trees are indigenous to Canada and so we had to make sure that the environment in which they are growing simulates conditions that are conducive to producing the best yield possible,” explains Peter Van Zyl, EUCA's sales director.
“Cherries of Eden utilises our NviroSense system along with LoRaWAN I/O controllers, temperature and humidity data loggers as well as thermocouples. The thermocouples have been inserted into the actual cherry blossoms at different heights and areas within the orchard to ensure we obtain accurate data. Through these we are able to assist our client to create and maintain the environment to be favourable for this cherry strain,” adds Peter.
Put simply the system installed by EUCA at Cherries of Eden, is a “detect, monitor and respond” system but can be adapted to any applications that may be needed in future by the client. The innovative and adaptable nature of NviroSense allows for various applications to be added on as per client requirements.
“Our client at Cherries of Eden was very open to the system as they needed a solution that could assist them with monitoring technology over a vast area; a system that allows them to log in remotely and they needed their various software platforms centralised. We as EUCA then stepped in to assist them in addressing these needs and they are already seeing the benefits of the system.”
"Obtain healthier and stronger growth with better yield potential for your crops."
Check out this video for an in-field view of the NviroSense system setup in the cherry orchard.
“According to the client, the main principle with the overhead cooling system is to keep the trees in dormancy. If they stay cold, they perform and grow better in the summer – that way they’ll be able to obtain healthier and stronger growth and better yield potential,” concludes Peter.