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Event Date: 14th August 2017



Held at  The University of Sydney (The Refectory, Paramatta Road) on the 14th and 15th August, the program will run from lunchtime on the 14th to afternoon tea on the 15th August, with the PA Connections network drinks and Symposium dinner on the night of the 14th.

This is the 20th PA Symposium, a great milestone for this unique PA forum, where research and application is showcased across all agricultural industries that are employing the PA philosophy. The presentations will again incorporate innovations, updates and a view into the future. All supported by a trade display that incorporates the best products on offer in the region.

It is a relaxed gathering of growers, researchers, teachers, advisors, commercial manufacturers and technology suppliers, and anyone with an interest in the development of sustainable agriculture.

The PA Lab and SPAA teams look forward to your participation if you can make it. 

Our key note speaker: Professor Ian Yule

Ian Yule is a Professor of Precision Agriculture at Massey University heads up the New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture which operates in the area of applied research. He fills a number of prestigious roles including President Elect of the International Society of Precision Agriculture and the Precision Agriculture Association of New Zealand.

Over the last 20 years Ian’s work has looked at a number of facets of technology integration, including; farm mapping, electronic soil mapping, variable rate application of fertiliser from both plane and vehicle, variable rate irrigation, animal tracking, the use of ground based and remote sensing, and more recently hyperspectral imagery and dealing with big data.

With his prestigious position, we are lucky to bring him here to Australia to talk Data Intensive Agriculture: Recent trends and developments.

Our second keynote speaker is Dr James Taylor who is on the organising committee of the current ECPA conference and will shed light on blue sky developments that are underway in Europe.

James leads Newcastle University's research and teaching in Precision Farming and particularly site-specific crop management. I joined the University in early 2014 having previously worked as a research scientist in Australia, France and the USA. His primary area of research focuses on understanding variation in crop production systems, and how growers can respond to this variability to their advantage. It is with pleasure we welcome James back to Australia and excited that he can share a snapshot from the European conference.

Our proposed program is now available and we can confirm the following great line-up;

Prof David Lamb (UNEPARG) - Telecommunications for PA- evolution or revolution?

A/Prof Andrew Robson (UNEPARG) - From individual plants to whole of industry: a review of current remote sensing agricultural research and applications developed by UNE

Frank D’Emden (Precision Agronomics) Using proximally sensed soil and NDVI data as covariates to inform VR N decisions on heavily modified soils.

Dan Bloomer (Page Bloomer Associates) PA in onions.

Kym Bryceson (University of Queensland) - The Art of making Ag Education engaging and useful in the modern era : Emerging Technologies in Precision Agriculture.

Patrick Filippi (PALab - University of Sydney) - A big data approach to predicting crop yield

Edward Jones  (PALab - University of Sydney) - Soil property sensing with NIR and XRF

Rob Bramley (CSIRO) - Applying the PA thought process at regional scale to promote improved fertilizer management in the sugar industry

Anastasia Volker (Flurosat) - From Pretty Pictures to Analytic Insight - New Approach to Applied Precision Agriculture

Rohan Rainbow (Rainbow Consultants), Jay Sanderson (University of the Sunshine Coast), Airong Zhang (CSIRO), Andrew Skinner (data to decisions CRC) -  Data law, governance, survey of drivers and reference architecture for Precision to Decision Agriculture (P2D)

Luciano Gonzalez (University of Sydney) – Animal production in the digital age

Dave Swain (University of Central Queensland) – PA in livestock

Asher Bender, Zhe Xu (Australian Centre for Field Robotics) - Using autonomous systems to guide vegetable decision making on-farm

Alex Olsen (James Cook University) – Improving Weed Species Detection for Robotic Weed Control

John Foley/Criag Baillie (NCEA) – Precision Irrigation

A number of farmers to complement this exciting program including Michael Nichols (Vegetable producer from Tasmania) and Mark Vass (Cane producer from Queensland).

We will continue to update the program as more speakers and their titles are confirmed, please feel free to Download the program here* Times are subject to change 

Register NOW

Event details:

Date: From noon Monday and Tuesday 14-15 August 2017 with Wednesday 16th tour.

Where: University of Sydney Download map location details here.

Costs: From $200 (SPAA members) or $350 (Non-members)

SPECIAL OFFER: Join SPAA and get $20 off! $320 includes your conference fees and a 1 year SPAA membership


PA Connection - $FREE

Confernce dinner: $80 - 2 course meal and drink (beer, wine and softdrink)

Australian Centre of Field Robotics Research lab tour: Tuesday afternoon - $FREE

Wednesday Industy tour - $50 (from 8am til 3pm). Includes Bus transfers and lunch to the University Future Dairy in Cobbitty. See UAVs, virtual fencing and more. Visit Grech Farms, who will talk about  the importance of soil testing their cabbage farm and the field demos they have been involved in using IPM.


CONNECT WITH US: Keep abreast on Twitter @SPAA_INC and Facebook @SPAA.Inc using the #PASymposium17 hashtag

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Promote yourself and be part of this fantastic event. Your company will be on show during all session breaks. Download the sponsorship prospectus and booking form here.


This symposium has been made possible by the generous support of our corporate and funding partners. Please click on their names to be directed to their website and learn more about these organisations.


Meat Livestock Australia (MLA)

South Australian Grains Industry Trust (SAGIT)

John Deere

Case IH

Next Instruments

Farmers Edge

Portable Analytical Solutions

P2P Agri

SST Software

GrainGrowers Ltd featuring Productionwise

National Drones


If you would like to discuss involvement in sponsorship, the trade display or presentation program you can contact Nicole ( or Brett Whelan (

ACCOMODATION OPTIONS:  (around $219 double)  
(around $260 double)
(around $195 double)


Do you have a great experience to share? Are you involved in great research? Here is your opportunity to present at Australia's premier PA forum.

We have just opened our call for speaker to present at #PASymposium17. 

The 20th Precision Agriculture Symposium will return to Sydney, home of the 1st PA confernce.

Be part of our 20th event celebration, where you will hear the latest R&D, farmer case studies, field tour, networking activities and more.

Please refer to the below guidelines, and contact for the fillable word template r follow the guidelines attached here

Abstract Guidelines

The abstract should be a concise summary of your proposed presentation.

o Please minimize the use of scientific or engineering symbols, acronyms and bullets.

o It should be typed single-spaced in 12 point type Arial.

o Abstracts should be original work

o Do not include tables, pictures or diagrams in the abstract

o All abbreviations must be spelled out on first use

o Be sure to adhere to the word limitation (300 words).

Abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment to and/ or Only .doc(x) and .pdf are the acceptable file formats.

Please indicate your preference for a presentation of 15 or 30 minutes and advise us the sector the

PA innovations are used in to ensure for a cross-industry representation during our event.

SUBMIT your abstract by COB Friday 16th June 2017. 

20th Precision Agriculture Symposium 2017PASympoRego (230.89 KB)

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