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Orchard Design Services

GPS-it specialises in the design and set-out for the development of new kiwifruit orchards.

Why use GPS-it for your new orchard design?

We’ve been providing high-quality specialist mapping solutions to the kiwifruit industry for 20 years. As pioneers and experts of the kiwifruit mapping industry, we use the latest aerial imagery and geo-spatial technology to ensure orchard data is captured with the highest degree of accuracy possible.

We offer comprehensive design, conversion and set-out services that are done in three separate phases: initial site survey, orchard design and implementation.

Our in-depth knowledge of the kiwifruit industry allows us to customise your data and generate precise orchard maps and plans that will help you make important orchard development decisions with confidence.

Phase one – initial site survey

The first step of the project is to schedule your job with one of our orchard design specialists. A drone is used to capture highly accurate images. GPS-it co-ordinates are taken at various locations around the orchard which ensures the map is geo-referenced.

Your aerial map will include:

  • accurate size of greenfield site
  • site contours
  • soil data
  • prevailing wind direction

The information provided will allow you to confidently decide the best use of this land.

Phase two - orchard design

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the conversion, we’ll work with you on the next phase, which is a comprehensive orchard design plan.

Using the map we created in phase one, we will overlay it with:

  • block size and shape
  • shelter belt layout
  • planting layout marking every post, row and plant

A legend with the following infrastructure quantities is included:

  • posts
  • length of wire
  • male:female plants
  • types of internal shelter belt (tree or artificial)
  • total length of shelter belt

We’ll arrange a site visit to run through the plan and continue to make revisions until you’re 100% happy with the plan. Once complete, you’ll receive the final plan with a comprehensive breakdown for all components.

Where to from here:

  • With the known quantities, you’ll be able to source quotes and estimated costs to set up your kiwifruit orchard.
  • The plans can be provided to your bank as part of your orchard financing proposal.
  • The map can be used as part of your tender for licensing, as GPS-it is Zespri’s preferred mapping supplier and auditor.

Phase three – set-out and implementation

Using the orchard development plan a member of our survey team will come out to your site and mark out some, or all of the following:

  • pegs at each end assembly
  • pegs at each outside post
  • spray markers for each plant

This gives your contractors the exact locations for and removes the guesswork making their job much more efficient and cost effective.

The process

A kiwifruit grower was converting 15ha of land to kiwifruit at aongatete. the site was challenging due to undulating contour and angular blocks. The grower contracted gps-it to work with him on the orchard design plan, to ensure it was exact and the quantities were correct.

Case study