Grower sees 33% revenue increase as a result of laser deployment
A new automated laser provides successful bird deterrent results after a few months of use at a blueberry farm. Justin Meduri, Farm Operations Manager of Meduri Farms, Jefferson, Oregon has a 168-acre blueberry farm that suffered from crop damage inflicted by birds. The annual cost of bird damage at Meduri Farms was quantified at approximately 25% of the overall potential crop volume – approximately $100,000.
When Justin Meduri looked for a more effective bird repellent solution, he discovered the Agrilaser Autonomic via the local solutions integrator Oregon Vineyard Supply. The automated laser is used at blueberry farms around the world such as John Benson in Australia and the blueberry research farm of Oregon State University. There are 6,000 users of the laser technology worldwide.
Justin was intrigued by the possibility of the laser and leased the systems for the season from June until October. “It has been a success story ever since,” he reports.
The laser bird deterrent technology takes advantage of a bird’s natural instincts. Birds perceive an approaching laser beam as a predator and take flight to seek safety. Meduri Farms installed six Agrilaser Autonomics equipped with solar panels at the outer areas of his farm projecting on the blueberry bushes, preventing birds from coming near the bushes.
“Previously we had to work hard to keep the birds away. Last year before the lasers, we experienced the highest damage incurred by birds ever. Now with the lasers, we don’t even have to worry about it – we simply have no issue anymore.”