Workshop probes new tools and technologies
Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 24 Mar 2016
For growers living in a digital age, understanding how technology can be practicably applied to their farming operations is valuable knowledge.
A number of growers recently took part in a free, one-day workshop at Merredin focusing on the use of on-farm technologies – particularly those relating to soil water measurement and analysis.
‘Soil Moisture Probes, Yield and Soil Water Apps – can these deliver value to your business?’ was presented on March 22 by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Regional Cropping Solutions Network initiative, Royalties for Regions and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).
“The aim of the event was to provide informative, practical experiences from those who use this technology,” DAFWA development officer and event organiser Caroline Peek said.
Speakers included David Stead, of Anasazi Agronomy, Mingenew grower Darrin Lee, Frank D’Emden, of Precision Agronomics Australia, Daryl Gifford, of iPaddock, Jeremy Lemon, of DAFWA, Yvette Oliver, of CSIRO, and Tim Maling, of DAFWA.
They addressed topics including: the expectations for tools and technologies in 2016; how the digital age can deliver to your farm; the value of soil moisture probes to the farm business; and local soil moisture probes and 2015 results.
A number of on-farm technologies and projects were specifically discussed, including the iPaddockYield app, SoilwaterApp, soil moisture probes and other tools, and the eConnected Grainbelt Project.
A condensed version of the workshop’s program was also presented at a research update event hosted by the Far East Agricultural Research (FEAR) group on March 23.
Links to information and a number of tools to help growers make more profitable use of rainfall are available via the GRDC Hot Topic Water Use Efficiency and tools for growers, available here.
Results from soil water trials are available on the GRDC Online Farm Trials website here.
Caroline Peek, DAFWA
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Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
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