PA for Agronomists | Precision Agriculture


PA for Agronomists

We clearly focus our business around partnerships with agronomists as we believe precision agriculture should not be separated from crop agronomy. In fact we see our services as tools for supporting agronomy decisions.

We would welcome the opportunity to speak with your company to explore a working partnership, where we support data acquisition, processing and provision in suitable format and you integrate the associated crop monitoring, soil & plant testing and determining of input rates.

We also have extensive knowledge of available PA technologies, software, scouting devices and smart phone apps which we are happy to share with you.


GPS referenced Soil Sampling

This process involves determining where to sample using all available data and then taking these GPS coordinates to the field for sample collection. We can assist with one or all of these steps, and we can also help train agronomists to use hand-held GPS devices.

 

Images of strategic soil sampling using quad bike and a Trimble Nomad GPS unit, here we pre-loaded the sampling points based on a crop biomass stability map


Satellite imagery for crop scouting

Through the use of several different satellites we can offer crop and pasture biomass imagery at various levels of resolution ranging from 50cm to 30m, which can be ordered any time of the year and delivered back to you with a very short turn around. The imagery is a great layer of information to assist crop scouting and forms a permanent record of the season which is added to each farmers spatial library along with yield, elevation etc…

It is advantageous to identify groups of farmers within a region in order to minimise the cost of imagery. We structure imagery prices on a per cropped ha basis and you might be surprised our cost effective the technology has become.

For further information about our range of satellites visit our Crop and Biomass Imagery web page

    

Example of how a client near Dookie used satellite imagery to create his urea prescription map, satellite image (RHS) was converted into a urea prescription map (LHS)


On-farm trials

Where yield mapping is available, so too is the opportunity to analyse on-farm trials. Coordination of trials among several farmers offers ability to generate replication of results. We can process all these trials and offer reports which can include maps, trial averages, statistical & economic analysis.

Where crop information such as yield or biomass is available we can strategically locate trials to run through different soil types in order to make the trial more valuable. By carefully placing trials throughout the farm we can fast track the knowledge of input x soil type interactions and thus determine rules of thumb across the entire farm.

These trials are also critical when farmers start to implement variable rate. Calibration strips are used to determine whether the variable rate inputs have been set at the most effective levels.

For further information about on-farm research visit our On-Farm Research and Trials Analysis web page

Example of lime and chicken manure coverage map over yield map - we can statistically analyse the yield data within these boundaries

Example trial report for a client in Victoria who wanted to explore the response of nitrogen across two distinct soil types in paddock "Y09".


Implementing Variable Rate

Typically each agronomy business has at least 5-10% of clients interested in implementing some level of variable rate applications. The process for implementing variable rate will be slightly different for each farmer depending upon available information and interests. We are happy to negotiate a support program to match your client’s requirements.

Getting started usually involves strategic soil and plant testing on 2 or 3 paddocks in the first year and then ramp things up in the following seasons. Once we have defined management zones and have knowledge of nutrient loads and awareness of any other yield limiting factors we can then start to build prescription maps. Our software programs can output prescription maps to basically any controller on the market.

We can also work with your clients to determine machinery/technology investment paths in order to implement variable rate. Our commitment is to ensure PA is achievable for any farmer!

    

The aim is to build a library of multiple data sets to be used for paddock zoning and the design of soil sampling



FarmReady Workshop
Precision Agriculture – Introduction to variable rate & spatial data management

This workshop is targeted for growers interested in PA, but are uncertain about getting started. We cover all key aspects of PA including collection and utilisation of yield maps, applications for satellite and proximal crop sensor imagery, virtual tour of FarmWorks software, conducting on-farm trials to understand spatial responses

We are offering this workshop throughout Eastern Australia – especially in partnership with other service industry providers who can generate interest among their clientele.

We require a minimum number of 10 applicants.

The workshop costs $330incGST which is refundable through FarmReady

http://www.farmready.gov.au/ApprovedCourses/CoursePages/FRTC00495.html


On-line FarmReady Workshop

Precision Agriculture – Introduction to variable rate & spatial data management

The content of this workshop is the same as the face-to-face workshop, however we run it as an on-line training option. The course is delivered as three 1.5hr sessions, which can be delivered at timings which suit the group.

This workshop is available to any farmer in Australia, we require a minimum number of 5 applicants.

The workshop costs $330incGST which is refundable through FarmReady

http://www.farmready.gov.au/ApprovedCourses/CoursePages/FRTC00682.html


Training for advisors and agronomists


We also offer Vocational Education Sector (VET) accredited training modules to farmers, professionals, agronomists and students, these include:
  • Introduction to Precision Agriculture (costs and returns, where to start)
  • Using hand-held GPS technology (crop scouting and mapping)
  • RTK guidance systems for Precision Agriculture and CORS networks
  • Implementing and analysing on-farm trials
  • Software available for agronomists
  • Collecting, transfering and utilising yield data
  • Satellite imagery and its uses for crop scouting