Last year, Huetink Flower Bulbs in the Netherlands experimented with an automated aphid detection system in which pictures of sticky traps can be viewed and assessed automatically and from a distance. The aim was to be able to apply the right dose of insecticides at the right time based on infection pressure.
Sjaak Huetink from Lemelerveld (Netherlands) participates in the NPPL project. This Dutch project, led by Wageningen University & Research, explores precision agriculture technologies in practice. Experts from Wageningen University work together with growers in applying new technologies.
Sjaak Huetink from Lemelerveld (Netherlands) used a system from the Austrian Pessl Instruments, for aphid control in lilies. The system, in this case the iSCOUT Color Trap, which is sold by Vantage Agrometius, consists of a yellow adhesive trap with a 10-megapixel photo camera aimed at it. The camera takes pictures of the adhesive trap at set times and sends it via GPRS to the online FieldClimate platform. On this platform, you can view the images and try to identify the trapped insects. With determined sticky traps, a recognition algorithm is trained to be able to recognize aphids automatically.
In the video below, Sjaak Huetink and Harold Zondag (Vantage Agrometius) explain the system and why it should be advantageous.