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Beral/Cylteff in Zamora will do trials with the handheld laser

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Pedro Alonso from Beral Ingenierias and from grain producing company Cylteff will be experimenting with the handheld laser to control birds and rodent animals around and inside the grain storage. Pedro is happy to collaborate with Life project Laser Fence since he has experience with Life in the projects ‘Crops for Better Soil’ and ‘Operation CO2’.

Pedro hopes to report soon on his findings and he will fill in the usual log sheets of the projects. If the system works he might have to consider installing the Autonomic system in Cylteff. He expects that the traditional Agrilaser of BCG could do the job.

 

 


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Volterra helps to collect more data on the reaction of rabbits

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The members of the experimental design workgroup would like to receive more data on the reaction of rabbits to the laser with the green light, Volterra is doing trials with the handheld laser with  farmers in the surroundings of their office in Palencia. Farmer Enrique in Soto de Cerrato and Venta de Baños is almost desperate because the rabbits are destroying the irrigated crops this year. Due to the drought last autumn and winter, the animals have no other place to eat than on cropland.

We used the car and its lights to get as close as possible to the rabbits in the fields. Since this was done very carefully only very few rabbits were scared away by the car. From the car it was easy to reach the direct surroundings of the animals. As seen in previous sessions, only very few saw the laser and reacted to it running away but most of them frosted when the laser approached. We filled in the log forms prepared by BCG to enable the workgroup to give comments in the next meeting by skype.


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Volterra promotes Laser Fence Project to key players in the farm industry in Spain

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Sven Kallen and Egbert Sonneveld were invited to the event ‘challenges and opportunities in application of technology on farm land’ in Carmona on last October 6th. They got the opportunity to present the Life Laser Fence project and especially Agrilaser Handheld and Autonomic to Fran Gálvez, Managing Director of Galpagro and to Pedro Palazón, Technical Director of Ideagro. Both are agricultural consultancy companies very much into sustainable solutions on the farm. Galpagro works close together with project partner Angel Camacho group who was invited as well but finally could not attend.

Both Ideagro and Galpagro expressed that they are looking forward to see the positive results of the project in Cucanoche, Cuarterola and Eolo Arroz. They confirmed that wild life, both mammals and birds, are a problem for today’s agriculture. Probably the animals can be directed to areas where they are less harmful.

 


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Meeting in Cuarterola between Angel Camacho Group and Volterra

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On August 23rd Egbert Sonneveld from Volterra visited the Cuarterola site of the Angel Camacho Group. He was received by Felipe Pizarro, head of production, who introduced him to Angela Cuevas from Cudema, subcontracted by the Angel Camacho, and who took over the responsibility of technical management of the Laser Fence project. The first Agrilaser Autonomic has just been installed in Cuarterola on a 7 meter high pole and with permanent power supply. The Agrilaser still needs to be programmed and should be operational within short. Egbert also offered to help with the organization of the upcoming Life Laser Fence partner meeting to be held in from November 15th to 17th in Cuarterola.
The visitors also made a round of the property with the Agrilaser Handheld so see the reaction of the animals in the middle of the day. Surprisingly a rabbit and a duck were not reacting to the laser at all even if the green spot could be clearly seen. The technical explanation by BCG was that animals in the middle of the day with maximum sun shine and temperatures far above 30°C have a totally different reaction to the laser than at dawn or dusk when they are more active and looking for food or a place to sleep.