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SMART AGRICULTURE & FARMING

Smart Water technology provides a wide range of business benefits that spans asset management, planning, operations and customer engagement.

Smart Agriculture uses the development of new sensors, communications and analytics to enable the better management of farm performance and productivity.

Smart technology in Agriculture

Better data and smart software lead to better decisions relating to the use of irrigation, fertilizers and pest-control measures in so-called “Precision Agricuture”

Irrigation monitoring keeping fertilizer and pesticides on farm

Farmacist is an agronomic solutions provider based in Mackay and Burdekin, North Queensland.

Using low-cost soil-moisture probes fitted with Taggle transmitters, Farmacist is helping local farmers to minimise their use of irrigation water by alerting them when water has reached the end of furrows. In addition to saving water, this initiative is reducing labour costs and ensuring that fertilizer and pesticides remain on-farm.

 

Weather stations to avoid mobilisation costs

Birchip Cropping Group, an agricultural co-operative based in western Victoria, took advantage of Taggle network deployed for neighboring GWMWater by installing a number of Taggle connected weather stations around the region.

Data from these has helped farmers to harvest their crop more efficiently by providing realtime local weather information. Knowing when not to harvest has avoided the mobilisation of men and equipment, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted mobilisation costs.

Automatic Meter Reading in Rural Areas

Many councils in regional Australia have rural customers who use drinking water for stock as well as domestic use. These agricultural users of potable water very often have low quality piping to distribute water across their properties, piping which can be vulnerable to soil movement, stones, roots, frost, UV light and water hammer causing them to fracture. It has been known for such leaks to exist for years and become accepted as part of the normal water bill placing unnecessary demand on sometimes stretched water supplies. These, too, can be found with AMR data and very little effort.

Calf Alert Technology

A device that provides the date and location of calving within 24 hours to help researchers address the problem of calf loss in extensive beef production systems.

The Calf Alert device is active from insertion during pregnancy testing, sending out attenuated signals, detected from land-based receivers. There is a spike in reception at calving, to allow location of the cow and calf.

“The device has been trialled in pregnant cows for up to seven months without any adverse effects and a high retention rate – this is a world first with most other intravaginal devices only being in situ for a couple of weeks,” said Project leader, Dr Cyril Stephen, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga

The drivers of change and benefits of knowledge

Calculate the impact of rainfall and anticipate flood risks

Reduce excess irrigation, fertilisation and pestiside use 

Gain valuable information from assets that are hard to reach underground or far distances away

Automatic monitoring with alarms if changes occur  that may require attention 

Detect leaks quickly that may be at far reaches of the property

Avoid wasted mobilisation costs