Fer­tile ground in grant for La­conik

Canning Times - - NEWS -

A CAN­NING Vale com­pany has se­cured a State Govern­ment grant to help farm­ers get more bang for their buck.

Agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy busi­ness La­conik has re­ceived a $20,000 grant as part of the 2018 In­no­va­tion Vouch­ers pro­gram.

La­conik co-founder Dar­ren Hughes said the grant would be used to boost an in­ter­nal soft­ware pro­to­type they had de­vel­oped to help farm­ers max­imise ni­tro­gen fer­tiliser ef­fi­ciency.

“We use $300 mil­lion in WA a year to grow wheat, bar­ley and canola and the cur­rent prac­tice is to blan­ket ap­ply the same amount of fer­tiliser across a pad­dock,” he said.

“The prob­lem is they’re not match­ing the re­quire­ment of crops to the sup­ply of fer­tiliser and are not sup­ply­ing enough fer­tiliser to meet de­mand of crops.

“We have de­vel­oped tech­nol­ogy that ac­counts for spa­tial vari­abil­ity and tells grow­ers the most prof­itabil­ity rate of ni­tro­gen to ap­ply on their crop and we used data and in­tel­li­gence in that process.”

Mr Hughes said the pro­to­type was al­ready be­ing tri­alled in WA and South Aus­tralia.

“To scale and grow and cre­ate a profitable busi­ness, we need to be able to do more and we will use the in­no­va­tion voucher to de­velop soft­ware to scale and de­liver across a larger area,” he said.

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