Western Australian Government Announces Online Remote Sensing Tool for Livestock Management

Screen capture of high resolution image of total green biomass estimated from PRS application

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Western Australia’s Primary Industry Authority and Landgate have jointly developed a new online pastoral remote sensing (PRS) tool designed to allow local farmers and pastoralists to make more informed decisions about land management. did.

A free online resource tool that uses satellite images from NASA and the Copernicus Australia Regional Data Hub to provide current and cumulative rainfall for all idyllic leases of total green biomass, vegetation coverage, total dryness, and cumulative rainfall in the state. Provides past estimates.

Western Australia’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Alannah MacTiernaan said the modeled information could be used by herders as a guide for ground monitoring and measurement, comparing the condition of ground cover plants and observing seasonal trends. You said you could use it all to notify you of your feed budget decisions, for example, inventory rates.

“This new resource is especially useful during the dry season and provides information on important resource and land management decisions for best management of both animal and rangeland conditions,” she said.

“This means that herders can manage their operations more agile while optimizing the condition of the land in the area in response to seasonal changes.”

Farmers in Queensland have a similar online system. Built by the Queensland Government, this platform, called Forage, incorporates climate data, satellite imagery, and modeled pasture growth.

Remote sensing technology is increasingly used in the agricultural sector.

For example, Queensland-based agricultural technology company Goanna Ag Incorporate WaterWiseIncorporates technology developed by the Federal Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIRO) into existing GoField irrigation management systems to help growers better understand how to make the most of irrigation water to grow their crops.

Meanwhile, Costa Group, one of Australia’s largest horticulturist companies, Started deployment of artificial intelligence system To better understand and manage the quantity and quality of berry crops early last year.

Developed by Sydney-based company The Yield, the Sensing + system is designed to measure 14 variables of a typical agricultural model in real time, including rain, light, wind, temperature and soil moisture. .. The information is then taken into the Internet of Things platform and combined with existing datasets shared by Costa to create localized forecasts for each berry crop before AI is applied.

The system was installed in a polytunnel at eight berry farms in Costa in New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

A recent study on growing Australia’s agricultural sector to A $ 100 billion by 2030 revealed that digital technology is key to driving Australia’s agricultural growth.

A study conducted by the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives on Agriculture and Water Resources and chaired by Liberal Party member Rick Wilson estimated: Digital agriculture could add A $ 20 billion To the value of the sector.

“This expansion in scale will, by itself, make up for the expected shortfall needed to reach A $ 100 billion by the 2030 target,” he said. Growing Australia Report [PDF] Said.

Updated Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:17 pm (AEST): Added details about Queensland Government feed.

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