GRDC Western Panel chair Peter Roberts (left) with the 2013 GRDC and Australian Year of the Farmer Grain Inventors Award winner, Mic Fels, who released his iPaddockSpray and iPaddockYield apps at the Perth Agribusiness Crop Updates in February.
PHOTO: Julia Ashby
New smart technology apps to help grain growers better manage their operations have been developed and released through the GRDC and Australian Year of the Farmer Grain Inventors Award.
Esperance grower and mechanical engineer Mic Fels won the national award in early 2013 and after 12 months of development, released the iPaddockSpray and iPaddockYield apps at the Perth Agribusiness Crop Updates in February.
The apps are an extension of Mr Fels’s personal data-modelling technique and iPad-based farm-management system that he created to keep up with the organisation and coordination of his rapidly growing farm business.
After witnessing the cost savings, efficiency gains and improved profits of this system, he decided to take the next step and develop commercial iPaddock apps for mobile devices.
This process was assisted by the GRDC-supported Grain Inventors Award grant of $15,000.
The resulting iPaddockYield app ($89.99) provides accurate yield forecasts to help determine the correct level of inputs and other management factors as the season unfolds.
The iPaddockSpray app ($329.99) can help manage entire farm spraying operations – from individual paddock planning to tank mixing and records management.
Both apps are available for download from the Apple App Store. For more information visit the iPaddock website (www.ipaddock.com.au).
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