A review of indicators of soil health and function: Farmers’ needs and data management

The Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI) at Federation University Australia has been funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) to provide a comprehensive review of the relevance of reliable, easily measurable and practical indicators of agricultural soil health and function.

Through the mechanism of an online survey, the researchers aim to gather data to help to determine which of these properties would be of most practical use as indicators to improve profitability for Australian farmers. The research project seeks to find out:

  • What data farmers are collecting, why they collect it, whether they use it and what data they would ideally like
  • What tools and methods (indicators) farmers are already using to assess their soil performance
  • The current availability of soils data and the usefulness and limitations of this data

As someone who understands the role of soils in agriculture, we invite you to be involved and to provide your insights into these issues. Your input will help those involved in this research project to understand why some indicators might be more useful than others, and more importantly, what would or would not work on-farm.

If you agree to participate in the survey for this research please go to the website


This survey has 15 questions and should take about 15 minutes to complete. No information collected through the survey will be used to identify individuals.

The results of this survey will be available in early June 2018 on the CRC HPS website (www.soilcrc.com.au).

For further information about the project and survey, please read the Plain Language Information Statement at the survey website.


Notice is hereby given that the 2018 SPAA AGM will be held on Wednesday 21st March in Crystal Brook SA.

Member invitations, minutes and reports will be sent to all members 28 days prior to the meeting.

SPAA Factsheet features in The Weekly Times February Crop Gear magazine


Did you see the article in the February issue of The Weekly Times Crop Gear magazine about Weed Sensing Technology? Did you want to learn more about this, download our factsheet now filled with a list of benefits and case studies!

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New Factsheets launched by SPAA

SPAA supports innovation, and innovation also includes people. We are thrilled to launch our great new factsheets providing you with a snapshot and access to explain the capabilities of a range of PA tools and technologies that are applied across the grains industry. Here the first 2 of six are made available to you.


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#PASymposium16 Proceedings now available

Couldn’t make it to #PASympoisum16 in Toowoomba last month? Great news, the event proceedings are now freely available.

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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?
Then this may be the opportunity that you have been looking for. Read more