GRDC backs SPAA Symposium, a win for innovations in grains


The Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) have invested funds in SPAA’s 2019 Precision Ag Symposium in Launceston, Tasmania.

Jessica Koch, SPAA president says ‘the grains industry has been leading the way in PA research and development. The grains industry in all its facets, has always been a core part of the SPAA following. Through the funding from GRDC, our aim is to continue to support the extension of innovative technologies in grains by putting leading growers using the tech on the stage, whilst at the same time allowing researchers and product developers to rub shoulders with the growers.’

This years Symposium will be no exception, featuring over 20 presentations, showcasing a range of PA technologies including a presentation from SA grain grower Joe Cook, Keith. Andre Colaco, a researcher on the GRDC funded ‘Future Farm’ project will present on ‘an approach to sensor-based N decisions: updates from the first year of field trials. We look forward to hearing the findings to date, which have involved data collection from the properties of some of the grain-growing committee members, Branson Farms and Breezy Hill Ag.

‘I believe the talks from Swarm Farm Robotics, and Rohan Rainbows update on establishing of a code of practice for agricultural field machine autonomy will interest the grain growers in the room, as the autonomy concept has the potential to transform management practices for those in broadacre ag’.

This year, we have two representatives from GRDC attending the Symposium in Launceston, Tasmania Grower Relations Manager Randall Wilksch, and Manager for Transformational Technologies, Liam Ryan – please make yourselves known to them!

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