Oleg Furmanets, Ph.D in Agriculture (2015), a lecturer at the Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Science and Agriculture National University of Water Management and Natural Resources Use, shared his ideas about precision agriculture and told about his experience of work in this area.

The latest experience

My latest experience was a little bit sad: 12 breeds of corn in three replications. We needed to measure leaf surface area for every breed at least in the end of the vegetation phase, still less about a process of growth. It took conditionally speaking one working day, approximately 8–9 hours. But we had a team of twelve people working under this process. In other words, if I worked alone, I would waste a week for these twelve breeds, that we needed to measure.
That’s about the size of the problem, it is a quite time-consuming and a very tedious process.

A magic wand

It is a specific mechanism or apparatus, that would allow to measure leaf surface area without so big time expenditures. It can be either separately functional tool or a magic wand will transfer data about leaf area of all breeds which I need, directly to my computer.

Why Petiole?

It will significantly speed up and simplify completing tasks, related with leaf area measurement. There are many similar issues. And there are every likelihood two aspects: the first is related with an acceleration of productivity and measurements that we do now; the second aspect is, perhaps, even more important and is related with using of Petiole vastly to extend a program of our scouting. Hence, we can receive new knowledge and data arrays, that will create new tasks in completely different level. Now they are not available for us due to a physical inability to make them. It is quite laborious to measure leaf area now. Very time-consuming. Petiole opens new horizons and we can use it.

Full video of the interview with Oleg Furmanets, Ph.D in Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, Soil Science and Agriculture National University of Water Management and Natural Resources Use you can find here: