John Deere and USQ an­nounce re­search part­ner­ship

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - NEWS -

GLOBAL agri­cul­tural equip­ment and ser­vices provider John Deere and the Univer­sity of South­ern Queens­land (USQ), Aus­tralia, have teamed up to de­velop new agri­cul­tural tech­nolo­gies. In what has been a shared re­search al­liance for some time, John Deere and USQ for­malised their as­so­ci­a­tion and will work jointly on the de­vel­op­ment of machine au­to­ma­tion and con­trol and plan­ning for im­prov­ing pro­ducer pro­duc­tiv­ity in all as­pects of the grow­ing cy­cle. John Deere Aus­tralian man­ag­ing direc­tor Peter Wanckel and USQ ViceChan­cel­lor and Pres­i­dent Pro­fes­sor Jan Thomas said the re­search part­ner­ship be­tween the Univer­sity and John Deere's In­tel­li­gent So­lu­tions Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing Group will ben­e­fit grow­ers in Aus­tralia and glob­ally by re­duc­ing agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion costs. “Since 1837, our com­mit­ment to those linked to the land has driven a spirit of in­no­va­tion. Our prod­ucts and ser­vices de­liver higher lev­els of pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity for farm­ers and land own­ers,” Mr Wanckel said. “We are de­lighted to work along­side USQ's re­spected re­searchers. To­gether we can pro­vide ad­di­tional tools for agriculture to feed, fuel and clothe the in­creas­ing global pop­u­la­tion.” The work with John Deere will be man­aged and directed through USQ's Na­tional Cen­tre for En­gi­neer­ing in Agriculture (NCEA), a lead­ing in­no­va­tor in agri­cul­tural re­search. Pro­fes­sor Thomas said the NCEA had de­vel­oped a recog­nised rep­u­ta­tion in find­ing so­lu­tions for the ru­ral sec­tor with its re­search cov­er­ing many ar­eas of agriculture, en­ergy use, wa­ter re­sources and food se­cu­rity. “This re­search part­ner­ship il­lus­trates the reach and rel­e­vance of USQ's re­search ef­forts in en­gi­neer­ing and high­lights the im­por­tance in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions are giv­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture tech­nolo­gies that will trans­form agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries over the years to come,” Prof Thomas said. NCEA Direc­tor As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Craig Bail­lie said the col­lab­o­ra­tive work with John Deere will im­prove ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy and de­velop in­no­va­tions for the com­pany's trac­tors and other farm equip­ment. “John Deere is a world leader in pro­vid­ing ad­vanced prod­ucts and ser­vices to the agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries and the ap­plied re­search be­ing un­der­taken will al­low the NCEA to field test lab­o­ra­tory based tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions with real world farm­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and in real time sit­u­a­tions,” he said. ”As Aus­tralia's only univer­sity of­fer­ing a de­gree in agriculture en­gi­neer­ing, the op­por­tu­nity to work with John Deere and gain in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence with a glob­ally re­spected com­pany will also at­tract en­gi­neer­ing un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents,” As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Bail­lie said. “Apart from the ben­e­fits of work­ing with a global agri­cul­tural equip­ment and ser­vices provider, the part­ner­ship will al­low us to de­velop a po­ten­tial gate­way for the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of other tech­nolo­gies the NCEA has been de­vel­op­ing,” As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor Bail­lie said.

Broughton Boy­dell (Senior Staff En­gi­neer, John Deere In­tel­li­gent So­lu­tions Group, Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing), USQ Vice-Chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Jan Thomas, Pro­fes­sor Steven Raine (Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor, In­sti­tute for Agriculture and the En­vi­ron­ment).

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