AgTech News Dashboard: 26 October 2020

Our feature story this week explores new tech solutions for grain storage. In other news, November is Queensland Agtech Month, how to use data to get results on your farm, South Australia's new agtech plan triggers 2.4 million in investment, plus what is precision farming all about? Read on....

Tech solutions for grain storage

Growers spend significant time and money throughout the season to ensure high-yielding crops with good protein or oil levels. So once the crops are harvested, it is important to protect that investment

On-farm storage capacity has grown significantly in recent years as farmers have installed new silos and other storage options. Maintaining grain quality in these storages is a top priority. Many things can compromise quality, including temperature, moisture, and pests such as weevils, beetles and mites. Recognising this, a range of technologies has emerged to help growers and grain handlers maintain grain quality both in storage and through the supply chain.

Read the full article on the AgTech Finder blog.

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Queensland AgTech Month 2020

We're excited to announce that Agtech Finder will be featured at the launch of Queensland’s AgTech Month 2020.

Register for the free launch webinar where you will hear from Bryce Camm about the Beef 2021 AgTech and Innovation Hub, and from other industry specialists.

This webinar is aimed at farmers and will help you to consider the next steps to take to embrace digital innovations and keep pace in a rapidly changing world. Your host will be fifth generation farmer and innovative thinker James Walker, Queensland Government Digital Champion and Founder of Agrihive.

See the Queensland AgTech Month 2020 website for more information.

How to use data to get results on your farm

A western Victorian sheep and cattle producer is urging others to use on-farm data and digital technology to help make informed pasture management decisions.

Jonathan Jenkin runs 3500 composite ewes and 400 Poll Hereford breeders in Penshurst and he believes the array of online management tools available to producers has rapidly grown in the last five to 10 years.

Speaking at AgriWebb's recent Sheep Innovation Day, Mr Jenkin said it was important to filter the good from the bad so you could determine what could actually be applied on farm.

He offers his top three most valuable online tools that were free for producers to access and use: the CliMate appData Farming (listed in the AgTech Finder Directory), and myMLA.

Read more: How to use data to get results on your farm, North Queensland Register, 22 October 2020

South Australia Agtech Plan triggers $2.4 million investment

New regional AgTech demonstration farms and start-up hubs are part of a $2.4 million government investment to encourage South Australia’s primary producers to further adopt technology to increase productivity and profitability.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham made the announcement at the launch of South Australia’s inaugural AgTech Strategic Plan .

“The AgTech Strategic Plan is the economic blueprint on how South Australian primary producers can increase productivity and profitability through greater adoption of technology on-farm,” Minister Basham said.

“Increasing the uptake of technology on-farm could return up to $2.6 billion per annum to the South Australian economy.

“Through the process of putting this plan together with the AgTech Advisory Group, South Australia’s farmers and the AgTech community are working closer together than ever before.

To learn more about the South Australian AgTech Strategic Plan, visit pir.sa.gov.au/agtech-strategy

Read more: Agtech Strategic Plan triggers $2.4 million investment, Mirage News, 23 October 2020

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What Is Precision Farming, And Who Are The Players To Watch?

According to the International Society of Precision Agriculture, “Precision agriculture is a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyzes temporal, spatial and individual data and combines it with other information to support management decisions according to estimated variability for improved resource use efficiency, productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.”

In other words, it is about using high-tech tools to generate greater yield with less resources while minimising any potential harm.

Just how important is this? The World Economic Forum estimates that if just 15% to 25% or farms were to adopt precision agriculture techniques, global crop yield could increase by 10% to 15% by 2030 while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water use by 10% and 20% respectively.

Read more: What Is Precision Farming, And Who Are The Players To Watch?, Nasdaq, 7 October 2020 

New Solutions in the AgTech Finder Directory

Farm Service Manager by FarmNet

An app that acts as a digital logbook to help farmers manage machinery service records on their phones.

Aglive

Aglive is an Australian company that has developed an industry-first paddock-to-plate solution backed by blockchain data storage and encrypted security.

Network Solutions by RDH Integration Services

Services include network design, CCTV and IP camera solutions, WiFi surveys and heatmaps, data cabling, fibre optic cabling, LoRa sensor networks and LoRa surveys, UHF radio solutions, satellite installation, and mobile reception boosting.

Livestock Tracking and Identification by Farmdeck

Use the Farmdeck app to create mobs of cattle or sheep and gain a complete view of your livestock, and record information. Farmdeck also offers IoT identification and tracking options so you automatically know where your mobs are in real-time.