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Growers in the Mid-North and Yorke Peninsula can access a range of innovative crop monitoring data thanks to a SAGIT-funded project studying high-tech crop monitoring tools.

Agbyte’s Leet Wilksch has installed equipment at three sites in conjunction with grower groups Northern Sustainable Soils, Hart Field Site and Mid-North High Rainfall Zone including a range of novel sensors as well as common sensors such as rainfall, temperature and soil moisture.

BACKGROUND

Many of the sensors are used in other industries such as irrigated cropping or viticulture, but this is the first time they are being applied into dryland cropping.

Start:

March 2016

Finish:

February 2018

Project participants

AgByte: Leighton Wilksch.

The problem

A range of monitoring technologies are available, but the value of the information generated is not yet understood.

The research

A range of common and novel sensors have been installed at three sites, with the data available to growers. The data is also being analysed to assess the value to growers.

More information

Leighton Wilksch
AgByte
0408 428 714
[email protected]

Research aims

The project is investigating how useful a range of high tech monitoring tools can be to dry-land croppers

In the field

Equipment has been installed at three sites in conjunction with grower groups Northern Sustainable Soils, Hart Field Site and Mid-North High Rainfall Zone including:

  • Rainfall*
  • Temperature
  • Soil moisture
  • Leaf wetness
  • vegetation index (NDVI)
  • Canopy temperature
  • Sunlight

The information is available to the public online at www.agbyte.com.au

Results

Read the SAGIT Stock Journal column for the latest updates on this project: High tech crop monitoring tools