In Cortijo el Puerto, agriculture – the art of cultivating the land – rests on two pillars: ecology and precision. The ecological and organic challenge includes recovering the value of the soil, consciously protecting the countryside in harmony with nature, and cultivating the land with agricultural techniques that are sustainable with respect to both resources and people. The challenge of precision means that we make use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in agricultural production. Technology allows to determine the current state of the crop (including potential problems such infestation, water stress, and so on), to rationalize decision making and to choose the correct intervention. Incorporating Precision Agriculture (PA) into the plantation brings us environmental, agronomic, ecological, social and economic benefits.
Cortijo el Puerto relies on organic farming and its norms and guidelines. This is our starting point: to be free of Synthetic Chemicals, to take care of the fertility of the earth with healthy soils, and to produce food with all its natural properties. On the other hand we are committed to Biocontrol agents in a balanced ecosystem. The fight is already under way to wage a great battle!. Squads of insects fight with us fulfilling a concrete military tactic: lacewings, ladybugs and beetles fight the aphid in citrus and almond trees; the larvae of lacewings are predatory against moth and butterfly that damage the olive grove; bees, bumblebees and wasps pollinate the flora, ensuring the reproduction of plants and the survival of species…
Our art of war is the natural biological struggle!
Our Commitment to Agriculture
PRECISION AGRICULTURE AND ORGANIC PRODUCTS ORGANIC FARMING
Science and Technology at the service of agriculture
Cortijo El Puerto incorporates Precision Agriculture to make the crop an intelligent rural area. Aerial imagery is a key component in using precision agriculture techniques for the management of Cortijo El Puerto thereby providing the ability to take pro-active actions to manage crop health and maximizing efficiency.
Prior to planting, topographic studies and soil sampling are carried out and the best hybrids have been selected. Sowing is also done with precision and control: the plants are distributed using GPS technology, with optimal use of the sun’s energy and spaces. With the help of mobile devices, we are able to monitor our crops; irrigation management is automated, and we apply variable doses according to specific needs. We can track how a crop, or a section of a crop, differs from week to week.
We also use drones (unmanned aerial vehicles a.k.a UAV) to fly quickly over the countryside and detect from the air what we could not observe from ground-level. These technological tools are efficient and respectful towards the environment, which we alternate with other traditional and sustainable measures. The vegetation coverage, as well as straw mulching, complements the integrated management of irrigation and helps save water by preventing evaporation due to the sun.