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 final report on the SIARA project is now available.
Dr Don Yule
Project Leader P1.09