About us & Testimonials | Precision Agriculture

PrecisionAgriculture.com.au is a consulting company offering advice, training and products associated with precision farming industries.

With a strong understanding of the complexities associated with farming systems we foster partnerships with key stakeholders in order to deliver targeted solutions.

We consist of a team of people who have a passion for integrating spatial technologies with the management processes of cropping systems. We value the concept of measuring to manage as being critical for continual farm improvement and provide the products and services to enable farmers to strategically respond to the challenges of crop production relative to space and time.

We believe precision agriculture techniques need to be implemented in association with the understanding of interactions at the farming system, whole farm, and sub-paddock levels. We therefore view our services as being complimentary to existing farmer consultants/agronomists, providing opportunities for all to be involved in the process.

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Director – Tim Neale

Tim obtained his degree in Rural Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia in 1995. During the seven years working with the Queensland Primary Industries Department, Tim researched the impact of tractor and harvester wheels on grain yield. This drove Tim to start his own business consulting to farmers and completing projects on developing ways to a more productive farming future based on Precision Agriculture.

Tim works all over the world delivering Precision Ag products and services. His work has helped change over five million hectares to more profitable and sustainable farming systems, and kick started the revolution in auto-steer tractor guidance technology. Tim has been consulting for more than 10 years.

Director – Andrew Whitlock

An Agricultural Science (hons) student from Melbourne uni (Parkville campus), Andrew began his working career with DPI Victoria as the state-wide Precision Agriculture Agronomist. This role involved significant training, study, domestic and international study fast-tracking his influence within the Victorian Grains Industry. Andrew’s passion for Australian agriculture and commitment to developing precision agriculture was recognised by the Australian Society of Agronomy as the inaugural Young Agronomist of the Year (2006).

Andrew works closely with farmers and agronomists to implement site specific crop management, particularly throughout Victoria, Tasmania and Southern NSW. Over the past eight years this work has included strategic soil sampling, designing variable rate applications, crop sensor mapping, yield map analysis/interpretation, running on-farm trials, farm drainage designs, soil pH mapping, delivering PA workshops and participating in a range of industry projects.

Senior GIS Officer - Peta Neale

Peta has been working as a GIS officer for government and private organisations for 10 years, and provides high level GIS skills to the team. The company uses ArcGIS with spatial analyst and image analyst , as well as ERDAS imagine, to provide cutting edge spatial services to Agriculture and Resource Management industries.

Peta has developed key processing techniques such as yield and imagery "stacking" over multiple years, as well as new image processing and classifications techniques.

She has a degree in Environment and Resource Management from the University of Queensland which complements the GIS applications.

Precision Ag Agronomist - Brendan Torpy

Brendan recently completed a Bachelor of Agriculture degree at the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus. He grew up on a potato, cropping and prime lamb farm at Newlyn, near Ballarat, Victoria and is passionate about maximising paddock and farm profitability and productivity with a particular interest in cropping and horticultural enterprises. He also became very interested in the agronomy and technology which allowed this to occur.

Brendan chose to complete his student industry project with us on the economic and environmental benefits of variable rate nitrogen and lime application in cropping systems along with the use of satellite imagery (NDVI) as a tool for undertaking site-specific management.

Based out of Ballarat, Brendan will offer field-based PA support to our clients throughout Southern Australia. He is interested to learn more about precision irrigation technology and how this can be used in horticultural and other intensive enterprises.

"I look forward to working with farmers who are using PA technology along with those who are looking at starting out. I believe the scope for PA in Australian agriculture is huge and I am excited about being involved in the PA industry as it continues to grow and evolve."

Milton Curpatrick

Milton has over 30 years of experience in agribusiness beginning his career as owner/operator of the family mixed livestock and cropping property in South Australia. Since 1994 he has held general manager roles with Perpetual Trustee Co and the University of New England Rural Properties in Northern NSW.

In recent years Milton has interspersed agriculture teaching at TAFE New England with his rural consultancy and farm mapping business, based in Armidale NSW.

Milton has an Advanced Diploma in Agriculture and has a passion for ensuring that farm operators embrace and adopt technology as a tool for improving farm production and sustainability. He joins the Precision Agriculture team to promote and deliver the services into Northern NSW.

New Zealand PA Specialist - James Powrie

James has worked with technology to promote best use of land, forests and farms since the early 1990s. He has an honours degree in forestry science and a geography degree from Canterbury University.

He has applied sensing technologies, GPS guidance, farm mapping, GPS guided contouring and drainage to improve businesses around NZ. His interests are in controlling traffic to reduce farm fuel bills, and in enabling farmers to make more powerful on-farm decisions.

Farmers can create more profit and dramatically improve soil and water resources, often with simple applications of precision tools. James sees that new technologies offer a revolution for farming across all sectors. Most barriers to success are imaginary or easily handled. Talk to him about your goals and how technology can help you achieve them, faster.

GIS Officer - Angelica Suarez

Angelica b egan her work at Universidad del Valle, in Cali-Colombia, as undergraduate student where she applied new methodologies and techniques to identified the influence of illumination over coffee’s quality and other projects based on remote sensing and GIS tools.

After her studies, she worked at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) where she developed many GIS skills and combined them at an industry and research level.

She has been working as a researcher in the agricultural field and specialized on land administration (Cadastre) supported by her background in Geomatics.

Admin officer - Jo Edwards

Jo provides the administration support to the business. She has over 20 years of retail experience, having worked from the position of Junior Sales Assistant into a position of Manager.

Years of sales, customer relations and the ability to work in, and lead a team of staff; also with European experience. She has excellent communication skills acquired via training and customer service work; complementing high level computer skills.

Brent Bourke

Brent completed a Bachelor of Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga in 1997. Following this Brent gained experience working on a large cattle station in the NT and on mixed farming enterprises in Southern NSW. Brent has experience in cotton, pasture, and forage cropping systems working as an agronomist in Northern NSW, the New England and Monaro regions. Based out of Wagga Wagga, Brent provides growers and agronomists with pH mapping, EM surveying, and the other PA services they require to manage variability, increase efficiency, and maximise returns.

Bindi Isbister

Bindi is an environmental scientist (honours in soil science) with thirteen years experience working in agricultural research, development and extension in Western Australia. Growing up on a farm in Kojonup, and working with the Department of Agriculture and Food WA for 10 years as Development Officer, Bindi has developed a good understanding of agriculture working in areas of wheat research, saltland pasture, controlled traffic farming, precision agriculture, and soil carbon management. For the past three years Bindi has worked for North Stirling’s Pallinup Natural Resources, a local farmer group at Borden in Western Australia. As a Natural Resource Management Officer she assisted farmers writing grant applications, revegetating farmland, growing perennials, and trialling sustainable soil management practices.

The lead author of Northern Agricultural Catchment Council’s newly released Controlled Traffic Farming Technical Manual Bindi has a proven track record in developing and delivering extension activities to increase the adoption of new farming technologies. Bindi believes precision agricultural technologies that help you put more inputs where they are needed and less where they are not, is such an obvious concept good for business and the environment it is well worth investigating how it can apply to your farm.