Farming more precisely

26 Sep, 2008 09:06 AM
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CSIRO's Dr Michael Robertson
CSIRO's Dr Michael Robertson

A new three year GRDC supported project involving CSIRO, DAFWA, Curtin University, the Liebe Group and SEPWA will investigate precision agriculture for farm efficiency gains.

Project leader, Dr Michael Robertson, Sustainable Ecosystems, CSIRO, said the project, targeting the northern sandplain, central wheatbelt and Esperance regions, would investigate how global positioning systems and variable rate technology could profitably manage variation across farms.

"Input costs such as fertiliser and fuel are increasing, so it makes sense to use precision agriculture as another tool for improving on-farm efficiency," Dr Robertson said.

"Precision agriculture guidelines will be developed based on the diagnosis of underlying causes of spatial variability in soils, crop yield, natural resource management indicators and profit margins.

"One outcome will be to enable growers to manage variability in their farms, making best use of spatial information, such as yield maps."

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Matthew Joyner
29/09/2008 8:50:06 PM

In the current climate of increasing input costs we must not live in belief that cereal prices will rise in tandem to maintain our profit margins. We must be couragous in our willingness to adopt cost saving technologies and reduce the impact of these preassures.

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