Haystack fires happen spontaneously and with little warning. Variables, such as moisture at harvest/storage, sugar levels, aeration, and temperature, can play a factor in the likelihood of a fire occurring. However, these factors are not quantified or modelled, leaving farmers to rely on decades old approaches such as testing with crowbars.
The project team will review what pieces of data are most essential to understanding haystack degradation, as a precursor to fires, and how to process that data so that it can be transmitted through the existing limitations of satellite technologies. This will allow for monitoring on properties that have low telecommunications coverage.
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