Research Projects

Optimised Carbon and Nutrient Management (insights through data visualisation and advanced data analytics)

This project aims to provide new analytical insights previously unavailable to the industry. This will be achieved by generating timely, accurate and simplified soil health reports, brought together from multiple data sources to provide relevant and actionable recommendations. Some of the key outcomes of the project include: 1.     New analytical …
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Supporting Farmers to Improve their soil in the Riverine Plains

This project will target 30 farmers in the Southern Riverina and up to 100 farmers experiencing the same soil issues by using a communications specialist. The aim of the project is to give farmers a better understanding of their soils and how they can be managed to improve production and …
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Validating and demonstrating paddock scale grid soil sampling and variable rate applications to improve productivity and profitability

BCG and Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd (PAPL) will deliver a farmer focussed validation and demonstration project to provide farmers with opportunities to understand and use innovative and advanced soil sampling processes. This project will allow farmers to better understand paddock variability and to produce variable rate application protocols to maximise …
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Precision Agriculture R&I Capability Statement

As a pioneer of independent data-driven agricultural services in Australia, Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd (PAPL)supports farmers to implement sustainable practice change and drive increased profitability through more informed decision-making. Our dedicated Research and Innovation team is at the core of our business. We have a proud history of involvement in …
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Variable Rate Lime for cropping systems in the HRZ: an economic analysis

Soil acidity affects 50% of Australia’s agricultural landand significantly affects crop production. Results from grid soil sampling (0-10 cm) for pHCa across hundreds of cropping paddocks in the high rainfall zone(HRZ) in Victoria highlight the variability in soil pH across a paddock, where the coefficient of variation averaged 4.7% and …
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Variable Rate lime does reduce the variability of soil pH

Variable rate (VR) lime aims to reduce the variability in soil pH across the paddock by liming to a uniform pH target. Measuring the efficacy of VR lime is often challenging in a commercial environment due to infrequent sampling (5 or more years) and changes in sample design and methods …
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Developing variable rate strategies to ameliorate surface soil constraints: are there any relationships between NDVI, yield and surface soil properties?

Variable Rate solutions are being used to enable targeted amelioration of surface soil, with Grid Soil Sampling being a proven strategy. Concurrently, satellite imagery is more frequently being used to define management zones for soil sampling and the development of variable rate solutions. This thesis investigated the relationship between NDVI, …
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Incorporating Variable Rate Irrigation Technologies in Tasmanian Dairies

This project will provide a practical demonstration of the pathway to effective implementation of VRI practices, with the aim of increasing the utilisation of VRI technologies across the Tasmanian dairy industry with substantial economic and environmental benefit. It will use extensive baseline sampling, such EM38 and elevation surveys, to provide …
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A practical approach to sub-surface acidity in the Mid North

The primary objective of this project is to increase the capacity of producers and advisors in the Mid North Region of South Australia to cost-effectively measure, target and manage sub-surface acidity and acid throttles. It will address three core research questions: Subsoil pH variability and distribution through the profile – …
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Regional Land Partnerships Program – Farming Smarter – a soils project for the next generation

This project focuses on precision agriculture for pastures and working with the next generation of farmers to manage the risks of acidification and hill-slope erosion in the eastern Riverina. Riverina Local Land Services will use soil testing on a paddock scale in the topsoil (0-10cm) and subsoil (10-20cm) to measure …
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