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Guide yourself to the Dumbleyung Precision Ag Expo
SPAA Precision Agriculture Australia will head west to host a Precision Agriculture (PA) Expo at the Stubbs Park Pavilion, in Dumbleyung on Tuesday 2nd April.
Nicole Dimos, SPAA Executive Officer says “The SPAA PA EXPOs are popular events held across Australia and we are thrilled to bring it to Dumbleyung this year. The event is an exciting opportunity to see and hear about the latest PA technology across the grains, and mixed agricultural industries. I encourage all farmers and agronomists to register for this event that’s heading to the South West”.
Our program includes a wide range of speakers on the use of PA technologies in broadacre production systems, where you can hear the latest in data management, imagery, variable rate technology, soil mapping and testing, sensors and of course new tools in the market and PA providers showcasing their latest developments through demonstrations.
SPAA President Jessica Koch said “The event aims to provide an insight into, and inspiration from, the work being undertaken to develop and apply PA across the grains industries. The information will lead to new knowledge for Australian farmers and lead to great advances in agronomy systems management.
Nicole Dimos also points out that “farmers enjoy hearing about PA adoption from other farmers. The event brings across SA farmer Mark Branson. Mark is the owner-manager of ‘Branson Farms” a 1200ha mixed farm at Stockport, 80km North of Adelaide. The farm grows Wheat, Barley, Canola, Field Peas, Faba Beans, Lentils, and breed fine wool merino sheep that run on cereal and legume pastures. Considered an early adopter of PA, he purchased a yield monitor for his header in 1997 and has been yield mapping since then. He took up Controlled Traffic in 2004 becoming one of the first South Australian farmers to take on the system and operates on the same Controlled Traffic lines today. In 2002 he was a founding member and president of SPAA – Society of Precision Agriculture Australia. In 2005 he was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship where he travelled the world for 18 weeks looking into Precision Agriculture, Conservation Agriculture, their profits and effects on the environment. After the scholarship Mark has been adopting new farming system techniques learnt from his scholarship and has calculated the economic returns from the suite of PA tools in his toolkit.
Mark is not the only farmer on the program, there are more real examples with local producers, Bradon Mott and Glenn Ball sharing their PA journey proving that PA has numerous benefits and the importance of precision agriculture in their farming enterprise.
We also welcome guest speakers Phillip Honey and Frank D’Emden. Philip Honey is the director of Environmental & Cropping Technologies Australia, a small independent Precision Ag consultancy service located in the south-east of Western Australia.
Phil enjoys all things ag and tech related and was recently awarded business of the year, the best in local innovation and service celebrated at the Esperance Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Excellence Awards.
“Informing landholders of the practical uses of such technology under Australian conditions is vital, and SPAA knows that this year’s WA expo will help farmers improve their farm management skills” said Jessica.
Nicole highlights “SPAA strives to provide independent support for farmers to adopt PA. This year, we’ve made a great new connection in the region have partnered with Dumbleyung Landcare”. Claudia Hadlow from the group is excited about the event. “It is important to us that adoption and use of PA is achievable and beneficial so we’ve developed a program to suit the novice or experienced PA user; we see plenty of opportunities with PA in our region” said Claudia.
According to Jessica Koch, SPAA President “If you have an interest in precision agriculture, then the SPAA PA EXPO is a must. There will be PA experts on hand to showcase products and answer your questions, peers to network with and practical examples. The SPAA PA EXPO will offer something for everybody. I encourage everyone within the South West farming community to register.”
Registration commences at 9.00am. The cost to attend is FREE for SPAA members or $20 for non-members. Registration includes morning tea and lunch. RSVPs are a must to secure a place.
The event is supported by the GRDC, Dumbleyung Land Conservation District Committee, Landcare shire, Dumbleyung CRC and South West Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program
All details, including registration forms, are available on the SPAA website www.spaa.com.au For more information contact Nicole Dimos by email at email@example.com or SMS/call to 0437 422 000 or contact Claudia Hadlow on 0429 612 447.
SPAA is Australia’s leading independent precision agriculture group, formed in 2002 to promote the development and adoption of precision agriculture technologies.
Cost: $FREE SPAA members or $20 non-member rate
Date: Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Time: 9:00am registration opens
Includes: Morning Tea & Lunch
Location: Stubbs Park Pavilion, Dumbleyung
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