Towards best practice soil amelioration – a joint project between Farmlink Research and Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd

With the growing availability of commercial precision agriculture (PA) data collection services and variable rate (VR) application technologies, an increasing number of producers within the FarmLink region are adopting site-specific soil amelioration practices for lime and gypsum inputs.
This project examines the ability of a number of data collection methods including …
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PACoP and SPAA collaboration

The Precision Ag Community of Practice is pleased to announce its newest partnership with the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA).
We are proud to support SPAA’s vision to be the leading advocate for Precision Agriculture in Australia. This collaboration will see us both build capacity and offer support to producers, …
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Too uniform for a variable rate?

Over years of management, growers may observe consistent patterns of crop performance in different areas of a paddock. This can be due to underlying constraints that, if managed with tailored input application rates, could return production or cost benefits. This is known as Variable Rate Application (VRA).
VRA of fertiliser involves …
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Ag Robots

The demand for food is increasing, but due to the shortage of skilled and semi-skilled workforce in many farming areas there are fewer farmers to grow the food. The use of automation may be one way to address this labour shortage.
An increasing form of automation in agriculture is the use …
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Data Potential in the Digital Agriculture Revolution

There have been two agricultural revolutions – the first was the mechanical and the second was the green revolution. We are now at the start of a third, in the form of the digital agriculture revolution.
The potential for new digital agriculture technologies to have impacts and implications is still unclear, …
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GPS Cows launches internationally

Dr Amy Cosby, Research Fellow in Agri-tech Education and Innovation at CQUniversity Australia (CQU) has just returned from a trip to the US where she was promoting an Australian agricultural education initiative – GPS cows.
The GPS Cows program (GPS Cows) is a collaborative project funded by the NSW Department of …
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Introducing the Precision Ag CoP

The Precision Ag Community of Practice (PA CoP) was established in 2018 to bring the latest developments in Precision Agriculture to broadacre cropping and livestock farmers. Its prime focus is to educate regarding the benefits of Precision Agriculture and to build the capacity of farmers and advisors to implement available …
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Using fuel usage to examine soil type variability

Eva Moffitt, Senior Research Officer at FarmLink discusses how fuel usage data can be useful for farmers in determining soil type variability in paddocks.
The images below were taken from a paddock south-east of West Wyalong in NSW (‘North West’, 142 ha).

Fuel usage coverage map from 2018 seeding
Cation Exchange Capacity 2ha …
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Yield data calibration

To calibrate a yield monitor correctly you are required to consider all the parts that make up the yield monitor system: mass flow sensor, moisture sensor and clean grain elevator. Of these the most important is the mass flow sensor.
Located at the top of the clean grain elevator is an …
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