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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grain growers urged to "future proof" machinery investment.. Grain growers urged to "future proof" machinery investment Grain growers are encouraged to "future proof" their farm machinery investment by factoring into their equipment purchasing decision-making the expected evolution of agricultural technology and the capabilities of currently available machinery... The advice comes from central New South Wales primary producer and Nuffield Scholar James Hassall who has studied the future role of precision agriculture (PA) and the new technologies being developed to enhance PA. Mr Hassall says the development of new PA electronic equipment has allowed growers to increase the efficiency of their operations and develop new farming practices the technology can become superseded relatively quickly and does not tend to hold its capital value...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The question of how much to spend on machinery is regularly discussed in most businesses and investment 'rules of thumb' are often applied to assess whether the investment is keeping pace with productive capacity... Some people use general 'rules' such as maintaining machinery investment at around $250-$300/tonne of grain produced but an economic analysis of costs can help businesses determine the real value of individual machines, accurately compare status-quo and replacement scenarios, and assess the impact on overall business profitability... Everyone's input numbers will be different so you apply this example to your own situation by changing the numbers in red which will alter the totals ...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Legumes make cane more able.. We look at game-changing research that has turned around the fortunes of cane growers through grains diversification.. "If we were going to integrate legumes into the system we had to marry-up with reduced tillage and controlled traffic, so we did a fair amount of work on-farm to determine 'when, where and why'," Mike says...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Legumes make cane more able.. We look at game-changing research that has turned around the fortunes of cane growers through grains diversification.. "If we were going to integrate legumes into the system we had to marry-up with reduced tillage and controlled traffic, so we did a fair amount of work on-farm to determine 'when, where and why'," Mike says...
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
In accordance with the traditional research role GRDC has undertaken in other areas of grains industry research and development, GRDC has the opportunity to invest in cutting edge agricultural engineering research to investigate, identify and foster the application of new technologies to be applied to address engineering related issues... Given around half of these subjects are irrigation-related topics not directly related to most of the grains industry, the development of a 12-month post graduate course for mechanical engineers combined with some selective industry placement could encourage more engineering expertise into the grains industry... Please identify two examples of how machinery research and development could make significant improvements for your operation...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Long hours at seeding and harvest time can bring on fatigue, which can increase the risk of accidents... A resolve to address fatigue and improve health and safety across the farming industry has prompted the Corporate Agricultural Group to benchmark its results and share data with other Australian growers... The Corporate Agricultural Group's members are submitting data to the ACAHS on four key safety areas: the lost time injury frequency rate, incident severity class, percentage of lost time in a 12-month period, and incident and illness statistics...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Long hours at seeding and harvest time can bring on fatigue, which can increase the risk of accidents... A resolve to address fatigue and improve health and safety across the farming industry has prompted the Corporate Agricultural Group to benchmark its results and share data with other Australian growers... The Corporate Agricultural Group's members are submitting data to the ACAHS on four key safety areas: the lost time injury frequency rate, incident severity class, percentage of lost time in a 12-month period, and incident and illness statistics...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
What I am suggesting is that we start to talk about the total rainfall over a given area and then confine our planting and fertilization to 20% to 30% of the total area... (More on this in "Blue sky thinking) I believe that a 25% yield increase would be easily achievable given the absence of frost risk and the resulting ability to have our grain crops filling in soft conditions... Stuart Barden Metainer Pty Ltd 02 68 479267 02 68 479269 stuartbarden@bigpond.com The objective of my study was to identify techniques that have potential to add value to Australian grain-growers who grow crops in lower rainfall areas around Australia...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
Following this trend and current R&D activities worldwide, it is envisaged that this technology will also soon have a significant impact in agricultural practices... Robots can be used for tasks related to field and crop management enabling new management practices and data collection leading to further advances in PA. Like internet and mobile phone technologies a decade ago it is hard to envisage the full potential of having this technology deployed can bring... In order to this, there is a need to develop a framework for assessment of autonomy, regulations and procedures for certification...
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Grain growers in the southern cropping region can look forward to better access to advisers and off-farm resources as communications technology makes its way onto more farms in coming years... "With high speed internet connection, the options include video conferencing which means farmers can talk to their business advisers, their agronomist and their machinery resellers in a face-to-face way, live, just like you would have an ordinary conversation," Dr Lamb said at a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) grains research Update... "Using the technology generating data, including yield data from a harvester monitor, or nutrient maps or soil moisture maps, the services sector can collect that data and information and put it together to provide meaningful advice for growers...
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