GRDC strategic research initiative

The GRDC established a strategic research initiative program in Precision Agriculture (SIP09) which began in September/October 2002. The initative formed a linkage between a number of research groups, their GRDC-funded projects and collaborating farmers. This national program ran till September 2007.

The GRDC perspective has been publicly presented by Dr Phil Price, a member of the initiatives' management team. A summary is available from the abstracts of the 2002 ACPA Symposium.

The initial research projects under the SIP09 umbrella were briefly described in issue 51 of the GRDC magazine GROUNDCOVER. This issue is no longer available on-line. Previous issues may be available by contacting the GRDC directly.

Issue 58 of Groundcover provided an update on the progress of the projects and information on new projects commissioned under SIP09. Grab the supplement through the image link below to see the range of projects and their progress in 2005 (available on-line as at 26/03/08).

The GRDC is currently funding a number of projects in 'The Next Steps in PA' program which will take the development of PA further into practical management applications. These projects will run till 2011.

There are also 3 radio programs on PA broadcast on the web through the GRDC Driving Agronomy initiative. These programs will run on Windows Media Player which should be installed on all Windows computers.

Listen to "Precision Agriculture - October 2004"

This edition of Harvest Radio takes a look at precision agriculture, the high tech and low tech ends, where its all heading and how you can stick your toe in the water for less than $1,000. Chris Brown caught up with Phil Price (GRDC Program consultant), Ian Blayney (graingrower from Geraldton, WA), Ian Mailing (Silverfox Solutions), Peter Stone (CSIRO), Brett Whelan (University of Sydney) and Mike Smith (graingrower from Gurley, NSW).

Listen to "Update on Precision Agriculture - October 2006"

With the impending pressures to improve productivity on farm, this edition of Harvest Radio outlines the latest developments in Precision Agriculture. Ian Maling (Silverfox Solutions) discusses the options for variable rate technology. Variable application rates and the considerations to use this technology are outlined by Brett Whelan (University of Sydney). Mike Robertson (CSIRO) also outlines the research being undertaken to measure plant available water capacity and its relationship to variable application rates.

Listen to "Getting help using PA through SPAA Workshops - January 2010"

GRDC has been funding a series of Precision Agriculture workshops in the Southern Region. The workshops have been run successfully in South Australia by the Southern Precision Agriculture Association since 2007. Brendan Johns is a South Australian farmer who has taken part in the SA workshops. In this edition of Driving Agronomy, Brendan explains how the workshops have helped him develop precision agriculture practices on his farm

Data management

The participants in the national program have combined to release a standard for data description (metadata) and storage.

Download metadata documentation (PDF)

Download metadata form (MS Word)

Educational resources

The GRDC SIP09 program has as a substantial focus on education and training. Many of the people working on SIP09 projects (including the ACPA team) have contributed to the content of a PA manual released by the GRDC in August 2006. The manual is available on CD (by order form) or online at the GRDC website. Details can be obtained by following the linked image below.

Also, as a further part of the ACPA contribution to the SIP09 program, a range of educational resources have been released by the ACPA team over the duration of our project.

The GRDC is currently funding a number of projects in 'The Next Steps in PA' program which will take the development of PA further into practical management applications. These projects will run till 2011.