New team at SPAA to build on precision agriculture drive

We are thrilled to announce two new appointments with Ms Amanda Woods as the association’s new PA Development Officer and Ms Joanne Pech as its new Event Co-ordinator.   Read more

International trends in technology for agriculture

Attending the International Conference on Precision Agriculture (ICPA) is a great way to keep abreast of developments in PA and some of the people behind them. SPAA sent its editor of Precision Ag News Emma leonard along. Here is what she had to say…

This year for the first time the ICPA ran concurrently with InfoAg. While the ICPA provides a window to the latest research on PA, InfoAg has more practical, political and industry presentations and a comprehensive trade show.

More details from these events will be published in Precision Ag News but here are a few overarching impressions.

Research into new tools and applications seems to have plateaued. Sensor integration, data collection from satellites and UAVs, systems for sharing big data and PA education were some of the areas where progress is occurring.

At InfoAg I was surprised that the only on-the-go sensor on display was a machine carrying pH, EC and soil carbon sensors from Veris. No weed or nitrogen sensors.

There were many new companies and brands offering data integration and decision support services. While some of these were smaller companies several included major players such as IBM, Iteris, Bosch and Verizon a major provider of wireless solutions.

In her closing address at InfoAg Lisa Prassack encouraged us all to capitalise on these new entrants to the PA space by working with them to understand the problems to which we want solutions. Come and hear more from Lisa at the 19th Precision Agriculture Symposium where she is the international keynote speaker.

Registrations NOW OPEN for #PASymposium16

The annual PA Symposium is now underway, an opportunity for all PA enthusiasts to LEARN, SHARE, CONNECT and BE INSPIRED.

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We’re hiring!

Do you have a passion for Precision Agriculture and all the benefits it can deliver?
Are you a good relationship manager who loves to organise events and engage through social media?
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SPAA Membership renewal time

It’s that time of the year we we ask for your support!

SPAA continues to be at the forefront of PA in Australia through a strong calendar of events, technical projects and quarterly publication of PAN – Precision Ag News.

Having a strong membership base is key in securing future funding from both commercial and government partners, and this in turn, allows us to continue the research, development and extension work for precision agriculture in Australia.  So, as well as giving you access to our events and magazine, new factsheets, your membership fee also helps to secure the funding we need to progress technologies in order to drive sustainability and profitability in agriculture.

Renew before 10th July 2015 and go in the draw to WIN a 1:16 Big Farm S670 combine with 630R Grain Head toy, RRP $139.95

 The prize will be drawn at random from all renewals received by 10th July 2016, at the 19th Annual PA Symposium – 12th & 13th September @ Toowoomba Golf Club, Qld.

Download the 2016 Membership Form