How Eldridge Fresh Organics is revolutionising agriculture with AI

Eldridge Fresh Organics has taken a groundbreaking step in modern agriculture by integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor and track the entire growing chain of produce in real time. This cutting-edge technology, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, was developed using a grant from the State Government’s AgTech Growth Fund as part of the “Greenhouse Gemini” project.

Pioneering AI in agriculture

A staff member using the AI on a smartphone to manage greenhouse conditions

The new AI technology has undergone extensive testing in real-world conditions within Eldridge Fresh’s greenhouse facilities over recent months. The benefits of this technology extends far beyond just localised greenhouse operations — it has the potential to boost South Australia’s economy, create jobs and position the state as a leader in sustainable agriculture.

The effective integration of AI technology into growing operations is a significant leap forward in enhancing sustainability and efficiency in organic farming. By integrating monitoring of temperature, water control, and carbon emission reporting, growers can make more informed decisions on future technological upgrades.

This represents a watershed moment for the entire greenhouse industry.

Smart, sustainable farming

A staff member showing the AI on a smartphone to another staff member

The AI software digitises Eldridge Fresh’s organic farming processes. From greenhouse management to the cold chain process, it tracks key environmental factors such as CO2 levels, water usage, humidity, and soil moisture. The system then automatically adjusts vents, fans, and heaters to optimize growing conditions and improve resource efficiency.

This real-time monitoring allows agronomists and primary producers to manage crop rotation timelines more effectively than ever before and better use manpower.

Once produce is ready for harvest, the software continues to track it through the cold chain process, sorting, grading, and managing customer orders. This approach ensures a sales team is always updated with the latest stock information, reducing the demand and supply gaps currently experienced.

Reducing waste, enhancing efficiency

A staff member using the AI on a smartphone to monitor and track produce in real time

The system’s ability to provide up-to-date information enables smart sales decisions, allows for pricing adjustments based on demand and significantly reduces food waste.

The “Greenhouse Gemini” initiative also collates data to help producers better understand the environmental impact of their growing operations and potentially identify opportunities to offset emissions through more efficient and environmentally responsible practices.

Technologically advanced and sustainable horticulture is crucial for addressing the challenges of higher temperatures and lower winter rainfall, and this AI software is expected to help producers manage these issues more sustainably, ensuring the long-term viability of our agriculture sector.

A new era for organic farming

Eldridge Fresh Organics is proud to have set a new standard in the agricultural industry. Harnessing the power of AI to optimise and digitise greenhouse growing processes has enhanced efficiency and sustainability and paves the way for future innovations in organic farming.

This innovation is a critical step towards a more sustainable and prosperous agricultural future.