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 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
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 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 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 CurpatrickMilton 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
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 SuarezAngelica 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
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 BourkeBrent 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 IsbisterBindi 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.
"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".
"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".
“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”.
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".
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".
Balliang Cropping Group