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.


These factsheets look at a range of innovative practices and systems specifically machinery and equipment, and techniques, and also address the capacity to innovate to ensure that PA information outcomes are targeted and delivered in a timely and effective manner. The topics have been decided by you in our survey conducted in 2015.

The key features of the factsheets are the tried and tested experiences, where we have profiled successful adoptors of the “said” innovation.

Through funding from the South Australian Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT) Fund, as part of project SPAA115, we are thrilled to launch our new factsheets:

Factsheet 1 Airborne Imagery

The factsheet examines how airborne imagery is being used in agriculture.  It looks at:

  • The platforms used to obtain images
  • The various and diverse types of images and how they are obtained and,
  • The benefits and limitations of the various images.

The Factsheet asks a series of key questions to help you determine what you need to know before you start; requirements for the platforms, the image format, timeliness of images and the data provided, in order to optimise your use of this information.

The factsheet features a case study from Century Orchard’s Almond plantation in Loxton, SA. This covers what type of images they are using, what new information they get from these and how they are profitably using airborne imagery.

Download your copy of “Airborne Imagery” here

Factsheet 2 Weed Sensing

The factsheet explains and examines the benefits and limitations of the different tchnologies for:

  • – Optical Spray Technology (OST) and
  • – In-crop Weed Sensing.

 It also briefly highlights emerging technologies for incrop sensing and spraying such as the H-sensor.

 The factsheet features a case study of Bulla Burra from the northern South Australian mallee and their case for an OST sprayer.

 Download your copy of “Weed Sensing” here

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