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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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Australia’s State of the Environment Report reveals ecological health of the country

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The State of the Environment Report is Australia’s scorecard for all things environmental, delivered once every five years.The grades are in; and the nation has some work to do. This in-depth analysis of our ecological health has been compiled by more than 30 leading scientists designed to track and monitor environmental changes in our country….

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Australian farms hit by catastrophic floods

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Economic loss Australian farms are worth more money than ever before. The value of Australian agriculture in 2021-22 is expected to be $81 billion, says the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). But this good news may not be applicable for all farmers. Farmers in the northern part of New South…

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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…

The COALA H2020 project: A WOMEESA seminar

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COALA H2020 has shown us many challenges of implementation under COVID and multi-sectoral, international collaborations. WOMEESA is a network of women working in Earth and Environmental Sciences in academia, industry and government.  WOMEESA works to promote Earth and Environmental Science research and activities through social networks and the media. COALA H2020 uses Earth Observation technologies…

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Remote sensing detects irrigation non-compliance

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Remote sensing-based tools help effectively control illegal water uses. Irrigation non-compliance is becoming a more and more serious issue with increased droughts and changing climate. With these techniques, you can locate irrigated areas without concession and excesses of the authorised volume. A Case Study in Spain Because of its scarcity, irrigation water use in La…

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COALA addresses new challenges in precision irrigation

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The COALA project has been operational since January 2020. Our project uses information provided by satellites (the Sentinels) to help support Australian farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin. One of the ways that we support farmers is through precision irrigation. Precision irrigation is a farm management approach that involves using technology to make informed decisions. The…

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