2021 Precision Ag Symposium – Save the date

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After the success of last year’s virtual event, the 2021 Precision Ag Symposium will also be staged online.

Our aim is to ensure it is accessible to all attendees right across Australia and overseas, despite the limitations placed on travel by responses to the global pandemic.

Networking in person and farm tours might be off the agenda for now, but we can still share the latest in precision agriculture research and development and hear from Australian farmers about their experiences of PA and how they’re using data to make decisions in the paddock.

The 2021 Precision Ag Symposium is a FREE event being hosted by SPAA in conjunction with the University of Sydney’s Precision Agriculture Laboratory and Sydney Institute of Agriculture.

More information, including the program and login details, will be provided once confirmed.

For now, register here to receive updates and mark the date in your calendar to make sure you don’t miss it.

DETAILS

Date: Monday, September 13

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: Free

Enquiries: Registration queries – SPAA Executive Officer Wendy Weston wendy.weston@spaa.com.au or (03) 5997 8271.
Program and speaker questions – Symposium Convenor Brett Whelan brett.whelan@sydney.edu.au

In the meantime, you can watch the 2020 virtual symposium here.

Next steps for autonomous vehicles Code of Practice

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Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has begun talks with the WA Government to seek formal endorsement and adoption of a new Code of Practice that will help drive the future use of autonomous farm vehicles and machinery on farms throughout Australia. The Code of Practice for Agricultural Mobile Field Machinery with Autonomous Functions in Australia has […]

New Hands on Precision Ag workshops underway

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Neale-Postlethwaite

Hands on Precision Ag Workshops have been made available with funding from:

GRDC

The second round of interactive Hands on Precision Agriculture Training workshops is underway across Australia.

The aim of the free workshops is to introduce farmers to precision agriculture (PA) techniques they can use to identify and manage variability, and improve productivity and profitability.

The topics for discussion are specific to each region and were chosen from issues raised by farmers in a 2020 survey.

The survey found a significant number of farmers had access to PA tools but did not use them. This included machinery data (25%), yield maps (24%) and spray maps (20%).

The most common reasons for not using them were: not having the right software (34%), never being shown how to use/create them (34%), and because they take too much time/effort (31%).

The first round of workshops held in early 2021 paved the way for farmers to start using some of the PA tools they already have – including mobile devices, computers and machinery-based platforms – and free or low-cost data for yield mapping, remote sensing, soil and pH mapping and in-season monitoring.

The second round of workshops will build on that experience and help participants gain a better understanding of how to use proven tools and techniques to devise strategies for forecasting and addressing variability in yield and profit.

SPAA leads the Grains Research and Development Corporation-funded project, with support from Birchip Cropping Group, Pinion Advisory, the Grower Group Alliance, FarmLink and Coutts J&R.

Details of workshop dates and locations will be available at https://spaa.com.au/events when confirmed.