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Grower Spotlight / Dylan Dias, Farm Manager at Danroc Macadamias: It's the future of Precision AG

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

South Africa is one of the world's top macademia producers. We are glad to be part of this flourishing industry in South Africa and share the voices of advanced growers who are leading the way towards digital transformation.

In this post, South African Territory Manager, Dieter Keller spoke with Dylan Dias, Farm Manager at Danroc Macadamias farm in Barberton.

Below is an excerpt of Dylan's experience working with Phytech:

Dylan (left) with Teritorry Manager, Dieter Keller

Phtech is the way to go

Dylan: "I believe Phytech is a crucial bit of equipment if you want to practice precision farming. I have numerous tools at my disposal to make decisions on irrigation, such as soil moisture probes and Eto calculators and all sorts of other equipment but I truly believe that Phytech is the way to go"

"It's the future of precision agriculture. Wireless measurement apparatuses such as dendrometers, irrigation sensors as well as soil moisture probes and all the future tools being brought in through Phytech is incredible.

Listening to the trees

I find Phytech is a key tool when it comes to optimizing irrigation as well as general operational irrigation management. As a farmer you look at your trees and you can tell if your trees are looking good or they're looking sick, or they are stressing. But these visual indicators are normally a delayed indication which also means a delayed response. So, what Phytech allows you to do is to make an informed decision now. These decisions are thus made before your trees go into heavy stress - before things go wrong!