Nobody likes horse flies, least of all the horses themselves. So how do you get rid of them?
One method that has actually been proven to work is by painting white stripes onto a black horse (or vice versa).
Claudia of Germany used cattle paint to apply thin lines over her dark-coated horse – and it worked.
Flies prefer the flat kind of light reflected of simple, single-coloured coats. They are slightly deterred by bright white coats, but absolutely despise striped coats.
Scientists used sticky oil-covered cardboard cutouts to see which patterns attracted flies the most and the least.
As it turns out, thin stripes deter horse flies.
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5 Technologies That Farmers Will Soon Depend On
As technology becomes a larger part of agriculture, what will be changing and which technologies will be integral to modern farming? We take a look:
Drones are becoming more affordable and more advanced by the month, with many companies starting up that cater specifically to agricultural markets. The above drone, for example, is able to scan chlorophyll levels of crops for wine growers.
Agricultural bots, or ‘AgBots’, are being used to automate processes around the farm.
The ladybird AgBot, which is currently only a prototype, moves around crops, detected and exterminates weeds and scans & stores images of crops. It’s able to count flowers and fruit as it passes them. It’s also entirely solar powered.
Telematics allow farmers to keep track of entire fleets of vehicles and machinery in real-time, keeping an eye on fuels levels, malfunction and wear.
Although modern machines are coming out with these functions built in, there are also ‘aftermarket’ solutions that allow farmers to adapt their existing resources.
4. RFID Technology.
RFID tech has long been employed when keeping track of livestock, but the technology is being advanced to other kinds of resources too.
A hay harvester has been developed that tags individual bales of hay, allowing you to keep track of when they were harvest, their moisture levels & their nutrition.
5. High Throughput Plant Phenotyping.
Advances in sensors and scanning technologies is allowing farmers to keep a closer eye on large numbers of plant phenotypes. This means that it becomes much more economical to selectively breed advantageous traits.
There are even companies that are working to create systems that monitor plants and use algorithms to select the best plants for breeding. This allows crops to be improved in a natural way with much more speed than ever before.
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