Tools for Real Time Biomass Estimation in Pastures

courtesy of Emma Leonard2c AgriKnowHow 3Through the use of spatial technologies there are significant opportunities for livestock producers to improve management and productivity of pasture. Both improved feed allocation and optimal pasture production can result from better information on pasture yields. The challenge has been to develop technologies which are low cost and are also capable of being easily deployed from a vehicle to build pasture biomass maps.

courtesy of Emma Leonard2c AgriKnowHowWorking in partnership with Meat and Livestock Australia this project will look at the use of mobile tools for real-time estimation of biomass and allocation of pasture to meet feed supply demands. New technologies such as Active Optical Sensors (AOS) have been developed for use in the cropping industry and have the potential to be integrated with GPS to provide spatial measures of biomass.allocation and optimal pasture production can result from better information on pasture yields. The challenge has been to develop technologies which are low cost and are also capable of being easily deployed from a vehicle to build pasture biomass maps.

The project will evaluate, calibrate and validate the use of AOS for measuring pasture biomass. The tool will then be trialled at a range of satellite sites to develop a measurement of pasture across a range of pasture species and agro-ecological regions.

*Images courtesy of Emma Leonard, AgriKnowHow

PROJECT PARTICIPANTS

Research & Education - University of Canterbury (NZ) - University of New England

43pl - Sundown Pastoral Company - Twynam Agricultural Group

Government - Department of Primary Industries (NSW)

CONTACTS

David Lamb 2013 sqProf David Lamb
Project Leader P4.12

Mark Trotter courtesy of Emma Leonard2c AgriKnowHow 3Dr Mark Trotter