Precision Agriculture Project

 

 

 

Project Details

The Precision Agriculture project, conducted by the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group (TAPG), in conjunction with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Serve-Ag, aims to help boost farm productivity by using precision agriculture technologies to enable better crop management and yield prediction. Other service providers who have assisted with the project include AgLogic (Reuben Wells) for processing and storage of data layers, and Terrapix (Neil Meadows) for aerial NDVI imagery during the crop growing season.

Contacts:

  • Project Manager – Terry Brient (EO TAPG)
  • Project Research Consultant – John McPhee (TIA)
  • Project Technical Consultant – Danny Schoenmaker (Serve-Ag)
Sisters Creek

Site Name: Beswick Holdings, “Depot Farm”

Site Details:

  • predominantly ferrosol (red/brown light clay loam over dark red/brown light clay, with patches of grey/brown sandy loam over light sandy clay)
  • 26 ha paddock, linear-move irrigator
  • 2015-16 crop – processing potatoes
  • representative of north-west cropping enterprises with some variation in soil type within a broad red ferrosol landscape

Farm Notes:

  August 2016

Forth

Site Name: TIA Vegetable Research Facility, “Forthside”

Site Details:

  • red ferrosol (red/brown clay loam)
  • 6.5 ha paddock, linear move irrigator
  • 2015-16 crops – poppies
  • representative of north-west coast cropping rotations
  • has what are normally considered to be high quality, uniform soils, so a good site to determine if PA is an economic proposition in such a location

Farm Notes:

  August 2016

Hagley

Site Name: Gibson Agriculture, “Mill Farm”

Site Details:

  • dermosol (red/brown clay loam over light red/brown gravelly clay, and dark brown clay loam over light brown light clay)
  • 45 ha paddock, divided into 4 quadrants, centre pivot irrigator
  • 2015-16 crops – processing peas (¼), grass seed (¼) and two varieties of seed potatoes (½)
  • two of the crops (peas and seed potatoes) were followed through to yield sampling in the 2015-16 season

Farm Notes:

  August 2016

Longford

Site Name: Stephen Creese, “Rannoch Park”

Site Details:

  • chromosol (duplex) and tenosol (sandy loam/sandy clay loam over clayey sand, loamy sand over sand, and sandy loam/clayey sand over coarse gravelly sand)
  • 38 ha paddock, divided based on annual cropping needs, centre pivot irrigator
  • 2015-16 crop – onions
  • representative of northern midlands cropping enterprises
  • two soils with different management requirements

Farm Notes:

  August 2016

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