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The Future of AgTech with Graciela Metternicht

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It is important for the future of sustainability and the planet that we keep pushing the limits of Earth Observation technologies in support of landscape productivity. Continuing the conversation with Professor Graciela Metternicht, we discuss the potential of AgTech in supporting both farming and environmental sustainability. “The potential [of AgTech] is mind blowing, there are…

In Conversation with Tim McClelland

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Windarra Farm is a six and a half thousand hectare property, home to Tim McClelland and his family. The property is bright with vast green fields, the bustle of working dogs, and at the right time of the year, poddy lambs. Tim is a fourth-generation farmer, his family has been responsible for Windarra Farm since…

In Conversation with Kate Finger

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Following wide open highways and flowering canola paddocks you will find Birchip, a small town 300kms northwest of Melbourne. Along with a bakery awarded the best vanilla slice in Australia, Birchip is also home to Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). A few doors down from the famous bakery is Kate Finger’s office. Kate is a Research…

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Farmer ambivalence when it comes to new technologies

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To adopt or not to adopt Research only translates to commercialisation when it is practically driven. In 2017 when a group of researchers from CSIRO and the University of Western Australia tried to predict farmer uptake of new agricultural practices (including products and technologies), they focused on researcher design rather than farmer uptake (Figure 1)….

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Tell us what you want, what you really, really, want

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What does co-creation and consulting with our end-users tell us? Many people make products before actually checking out what the people who will use this product want or need. These products don’t necessarily serve the demands they were created for. They can also have user interfaces that don’t suit the customer’s needs. Consequently, they have…

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Socially And Environmentally Aware Business Design

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The importance of understanding the context of business operation A sound understanding of the context in which projects such as COALA operate plays an important role throughout their lifespan. Successful business design activities define the commercial direction for the project and the strategy for its arrival on the market. We consider several interrelated factors that…

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Sentinel-2 satellites map crop-water use over Aussie farms

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European Union’s Horizon 2020-funded international project, called COALA, produced a suite of crop growth, health and water use information. We compiled this information using high-resolution multispectral images collected from space by the Sentinel-2 satellites. The data we used was collected over irrigated cropping fields in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria during the 2020-2021 summer growing season….

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The effect of a global pandemic on an international project

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There are always challenges when working on a new project but throw in international partners and a global pandemic, and you would be right in thinking that such a project would be set up for failure. Fortunately, despite the challenges presented, the committed COALA project team has proved dynamic in their approach and propelled the…

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Regulating water use in woody crops with Remote Sensing

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How much should I irrigate? When should I irrigate? These are vital decisions that irrigators need to make daily.  Some use scheduling programs. Others manually read soil moisture sensors. Others make decisions based on water district schedules. And yet others rely on models that are supported by Earth Observation (EO) satellites. Remote sensing tools can…

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Satellites Detect Environmental Change

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Every year in August Australian National ‘Science Week’ takes place. During National Science Week hundreds of events take place around the country. These events help engage people with science and give scientists a chance to showcase their research. One of our goals in the COALA Project is to support and focus on legacy, which so…