Every grower knows what they want to achieve with their crop, he says, but if their goals are not registered properly and checked regularly, that process is vulnerable and subjective. “That’s why it is good to register those goals in a digital system, keep an eye on them and adjust if necessary. In other words: plan-do-check-act. This helps growers maintain an overview of the cultivation process and easily adjust.”
When growers enter their cultivation goals, they can also enter the plant parameters and the crop results associated with those goals, such as height, truss formation and production, in the same Grower Intelligence Dashboard. Patrick: “For instance, if a grower is planning to produce early, they can enter the plant parameters and compare them with previous cultivation goals registered in the plan. This makes it easy to track whether the crop is progressing to plan, and the system will send a notification if there are deviations.
Growers can easily give their crop advisors access to the Grower Intelligence Dashboard to have crop data at their fingertips. Each advisor can be given read or write access for each service.
Growers can go one step further and control the entire crop with Plantonomy. This technology automatically adjusts the settings to ensure the goals are achieved. “We realize that this is something of a pipe dream for many growers,” Patrick says. “A number of greenhouses are working with Plantonomy worldwide. We see it as a logical next step towards data-driven, systematic cultivation and development.”
Patrick emphasizes that the grower is always in control. “You can only grow automatically if you know what your cultivation goals are. I compare it with a self-driving car. It will only go to the destination you enter yourself.”
In addition, growers don’t need to worry about attackers such as hackers being able to influence the crop. “The Priva cloud is extremely secure,” Patrick emphasizes. “We regularly ask external parties and hackers to test our system.”