Precision Agriculture Laboratory

Precision agriculture offers the possibility of growing better quality crops, while optimising the use of inputs and minimising environmental impacts. It is a revolution in agriculture brought about by the application of information technology.

The Precision Agriculture Laboratory (PA Lab) was established at the beginning of 2012 to operate within the University of Sydney’s Centre for Carbon, Water and Food. The PA Lab is the descendant of the Australian Centre for Precision Agriculture (ACPA) which was established in 1995.

The mission of the ACPA was to provide excellent PA science and training, leading agricultural industries towards incorporating practical, sustainable precision agricultural management techniques. The ACPA built an outstanding national and international reputation by innovatively prosecuting its mission.

The PA Lab is well placed to continue this challenge in an exciting environment where PA technologies and industry knowledge are maturing within a range of industries, and PA will become a crucial component in sustainably (commercially and environmentally) managing all inputs, natural retentions and emissions across agricultural operations.