Spatial Information Applications in Rural Australia
The Australian adoption of precise positioning technology for cropping, such as controlled traffic farming, has been estimated by the Grains R&D Corp at only 15% nationally, with this number having stalled for several years. Yet those farmers implementing the technology have demonstrated triple bottom line benefits (Bowman, 2008).
Using continuously operating reference stations, with real time kinematic measurements, produces up to centimetre-level accuracy in spatially enabled cropping systems. This reduces the capital investment of the controlled traffic farming system and could increase grain industry productivity by an estimated $950 million per year.
The SIARA Project will identify the current adoption of precise positioning and controlled traffic farming, and explore the barriers to adoption. Once the barriers have been addressed, SIARA aims to lift national adoption rates to 50% and enhance the rural adoption of emerging spatial technologies.