Pioneering South Australian precision agriculture farmer, Mark Branson, says adopting the latest precision technologies should be all about solving agronomic problems, not simply buying “trendy toys and services”.
DataFarming’s entry-level platform has more than 3 million hectares of Australia mapped, with mixed farmers among its biggest users as tough decisions about stocking rates and crops are made.
Robotic sensing systems with the capacity to identify weeds within a crop are being developed as part of the next advance in weed control technology.
In Australia there is an increasing understanding of the potential opportunities promised by digital agriculture and its importance to the future of Australia’s food and fibre industries. But is Australian agriculture ready for the revolution?
A focus on summer cropping and a concerted effort to push cropping frequency to 120 per cent underpin the innovative farming program run by the Petersen family on Queensland’s southern Darling Downs.
A robot developed by the University of Illinois in the United States to help speed up the work of plant breeders can measure plant traits and count plants autonomously.
Using more precise soil data to tailor their fertiliser program has led one Queensland farm to cut their nitrogen fertiliser use by more than four per cent – saving money and reducing fertiliser wastage.
Agricultural engineers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) are developing ways to boost the resolution and detail of crop imagery taken by over-flying drones to match the higher levels achieved by ground-based imagery methods.
Understanding what lies beneath the soil surface and using that knowledge for productivity gains is at the heart of a massive precision agriculture program currently being implemented on Hassad Australia’s properties across Australia.
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