Dr Sigfredo Fuentes is a plant physiologist and engineer at the University of Melbourne whose end game is the smart farm.
In his mind, it won’t be restricted to a single crop – maybe it’ll grow peaches and nectarines and vines as well – all of which are mapped out digitally.
And at the heart of the operation will be the drone, autonomous and equipped to collect all the data it needs to monitor the entire farm down to the last plant or tree.
And it’s fast – it can cover 2500 hectares in a day, which is about 2000 football fields.
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