About us & Testimonials | Precision Agriculture



PrecisionAgriculture.com.auis 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 ERDA 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 Technician - Joel Rauchle

A recent survey from Western Australia showed that the biggest constraint to farmers adopting PA is lack of connectivity between manufacturers' equipment. This is where Joel fits into the business.

Joel can get almost anything to connect, and make it work; and with his farming background, plays a key role in on-farm application of PA technology. With Joel in the team, we can offer independent phone and field support to get your PA equipment running.


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."


Senior Precision Ag Consultant - Ian Maling

Ian is a very experienced PA specialist and has a strong affinity with Western Australia (WA). Most of his working life has been in the Department of Ag in WA and Victoria, but in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s Ian worked for a major fertiliser company in WA, where he was the Senior Manager for Innovative Services & Products.

His work during this time identified the massive potential of Precision Agriculture to improve profitability of grain growers in the West. This drove Ian to start his own PA company in 2002 which, for 5 years, developed innovative products particularly related to variable rate technology (VRT).

Ian has spent the last few years in Spain enjoying life, but the call from the West was too great, and now we are extremely fortunate to have him on our team.

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.





Precision Ag Consultant - Christian Capp

Christian has a keen interest in agriculture which he developed while growing up on a mixed farming property near Moree in Northern NSW. He started his career working in shipping and logistics and this experience enabled Christian to work in the UK for a couple of years while he traveled around Europe. Upon returning from his travels Christian moved into agribusiness and has predominantly spent his time working as a trader of grain and produce.

Christian has a Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business and Marketing from QUT and he is currently studying a Graduate Certificate in Precision Agriculture through UNE. Christian is working with Tim out of the Toowoomba office.

Precision Ag Technician - Julien Coles

Julien has just joined the team based in Esperence in WA. More details to come.

Testimonials

"The information and services provided by precision ag complements the agronomy packages we offer to clients. Given the complexity involved with PA we prefer to leave it up to specialists in the field such as Andrew and Tim which we can then relate back to local agronomy issues".

Greg Condon
Grassroots Agronomy


"The guys at PrecisionAgriculture.com.au have developed some simple but effective tools to begin to understand paddock variability. We now have target soil sampling and improved fertiliser recommendations based on historical data such as stacked yield maps and satellite imagery".

Graham Spackman
Graham Spackman & Associates Pty Ltd


“Many of our clients now have some form of precision ag equipment on their machinery. But very few know how to use the data they are collecting. I have found the guys at PrecisionAgriculture.com.au offer a fantastic affordable service to collate and interpret all this great information into farmer language. In particular the drainage maps and land-forming design maps that they have been able to produce have been valuable for my clients who have had them done”.

Craig Drum
Tatyoon Rural



"In today's modern world of agriculture, where gross margin and profitability are getting tighter, it is important to look for techniques and technologies that can reduce our costs without decreasing production. One of these new technologies is the soil pH mapping services from PrecisionAgriculture.com.au. It has reduced our liming costs by 18% with the added potential to increase crop yields"

Adrian Roles
JMAJ Roles Pty Ltd



"The team at PrecisionAgriculture.com.au are the valuable third link between our clients and the precision agronomy approach we use in our advisory services. The precise collection and analysis of spatial data within paddocks allows us as advisors to make informed decisions on inputs and profitability, as well as providing the opportunity to conduct intensive on farm strip trials. PrecisionAgriculture.com.au support our approach through such services as analysing yield data, extracting elevation maps, providing 0.8m satellite NDVI imagery, conducting soil pH mapping and developing multiple zone application maps for rate controllers to name a few. They are the leaders in their field and are a pleasure to deal with".

Lachlan Caldwell
Lachlan Fertilisers



With the assistance of PrecisionAgriculture.com.au the Balliang Cropping Group (BCG) were successful in receiving a significant grant from the Vision for Werribee Plains. With this grant the BCG conducted a number of trials under Andrew's guidance and utilised a wide range of Precision Ag tools including satellite imagery, yield mapping, EM38 mapping, soil moisture probes, strategic soil cores and soil pH mapping. The trials found large variation across paddocks, highlighting the need for variable rate management. Andrew offered a strong understanding of the latest technologies, but more importantly how to put these tools into practice. BCG have the belief that if you can't measure it, you can't manage it".

Chris Sharkey
Balliang Cropping Group