The Kusto Agro dispatcher service department was created four years ago. Since its first days, it was headed by Serhiy Dzyumka. The department is engaged in GPS-equipped machinery monitoring. Its employees also provide quantitative and qualitative control of the company fields.
The dispatcher service employs 3 people: two of them are responsible for GPS monitoring and one oversees Cropio.
Serhiy Dzyumka leads 11 field managers who are in charge of quality agrotechnical operations. They control fuel consumption, record the operations done by tractor drivers: the cultivated area, hours worked, or tonnage transported. Field managers also monitor the target use of commodities and materials – fill out the original documentation, charge off plant protection products, seeds, and fertilizers.
The monitoring systems are located at the central office of Kusto Agro Ltd, but the head occasionally goes to the field himself to personally make sure that everything is OK. “Field managers work around the clock. Much responsibility falls on their shoulders. I help them solve the production issues when going into fields,” says Serhiy Dzyumka.
The machinery is equipped with fuel sensors which allow knowing precise fuel consumption per hectare, as well as reduce the probability of fraud. It stays under constant dispatcher supervision. When fields are cultivated, all technological operations are monitored online, and the amount of work performed on the Kusto Agro fields is recorded. If the operation is not complete or machinery started cultivating the wrong field, the event will be immediately reported to the company’s management. The fuel consumption is also controlled: its level in the tank, consumption during agricultural operations (flow sensor), and fuel amounts supplied by refueling tankers.
Cropio agricultural production management system
Kusto Agro utilizes the Cropio agricultural production management system. Weather and satellite data, as well as crop monitoring, allow forecasting company field yields.
“Cropio is an important tool for the agronomist’s work. The system allows tracing the development of plants on any field segment. We have also connected GPS monitoring to this system, and it allows us to see online where any tractor is located, using a mobile phone. We can monitor plant development on the Kusto Agro fields. The agronomist always has the necessary data when needed: field history, operations conducted on it, seeds used, yields obtained, etc. Cropio automatically receives data from fixed weather stations, soil agrochemical analysis data (Kusto Agro conducted soil agrochemical analysis on all fields), and penetrometer data (to assess soil hardness at different depths). Using dedicated software, we can also predict yields for each cultivar,” Serhiy Dzyumka explains.
Twice a month, our agronomist captures images of plants using the Cropio app installed in the smartphone. The app will not allow him to add an image if it is taken outside the field. When pests, diseases, or weed infestation are revealed, the specialist activates the “Alarm” function, and the chief agronomist is obliged to respond to it within 24 hours. Drones are another method of plant vegetation control. They fly each field around 4 to 6 times a year, allowing specialists to respond promptly to particular issues.
Precision farming systems
The company’s management implements precision farming systems. Equipping the Kinze 3600 seed drill with precision planting technology was one of the relevant measures.
Seed distribution and the way seeds are pressed to the soil are of great importance. These factors affect plant germination and further development. Gap issue was also resolved due to precision planting technique.
This year, the dispatcher service has analyzed the sowing campaign carried out using a modernized seed drill. The drill automatically transmits data to the central office in a matter of minutes.
Soil cultivation is another important aspect. That is why online monitoring of this operation is carried out. While in the office, the dispatcher is able to monitor tilling depth, disking, harrowing, and loosening.
“What is most important, our employees are always full of ideas and eager to improve work. It’s good that the most interesting of them always find support on the company’s management’s side. As a result, our machinery is constantly upgraded, and interesting ideas are brought to life. Our stuff’s high professionalism is also proved by the fact that two employees of our service, Victor Guts and Vitaliy Babenko, were promoted to the positions of branch directors. Pavlo Kyrylchuk and Voldemar Mostovenko were appointed agronomists; Vitaly Sorochan became a procurement manager in the engineering service,” Serhiy Dzyumka said.
The dispatcher service head plans to maximally computerize the Kusto Agro activities in the future. This approach will facilitate employees’ work and increase agricultural production efficiency.
“I am convinced that computerization is the future. We have lots of ideas and plans, and we have all the conditions necessary to translate them into reality soon,” summarized Serhyi Dzyumka.