Precision Agriculture and Federation University will make it easier to access digital data

More easily interpreted data sets will help growers make better decisions about their fertiliser programs.

More easily interpreted data sets will help growers make better decisions about their fertiliser programs.

THE announcement of a three-year collaboration between one of Australia’s most well-known agriculture technology providers, Precision Agriculture, and Federation University will create pathways to make digital data more easily accessible.

Chief executive at Precision Agriculture, Ben Fleay, said the company would work together with the university’s Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation (CeRDI), best known in agricultural circles for its work with the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) on the GRDC’s on-farm trials project.

Mr Fleay said the CeRDI team’s expertise in digital record keeping would allow Precision Agriculture a more user-friendly means to access their comprehensive library of data.

“We’ve collected a lot of information since we began in 2009 but some of it is stored in the digital equivalent of a dusty storage cabinet in the store room,” Mr Fleay said. 

“With the input of CeRDI we will be able to improve the accessibility of the data and how it can be used in conjunction with disparate data sets.”

As part of the initial series of projects in the collaboration, internally held Precision Agriculture data such as soil test results, will be combined with climate, topography and drainage information, along with other key data sets.

This will enhance the evidence-based resources available to Precision Agriculture as a basis for recommendations in a range of variable rate nutrition and soil management solutions.