Farm apps yield great re­sults

Shepparton News - Country News - - INTERNATIONAL DAIRY WEEK 2018 -

Tin­der for cows, a weather forecast for your own farm, and drone tech­nol­ogy to save time on foot are all part of the ways tech­nol­ogy is ben­e­fit­ing the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies take cen­tre stage at the 2018 Sey­mour Al­ter­na­tive Farm­ing Expo at King’s Park from Fe­bru­ary 16 to 18, in an ar­ray of fas­ci­nat­ing apps and de­vices.

The Good Bulls app by busi­ness PregRite Ge­net­ics is al­low­ing farm­ers to meet their breed­ing ob­jec­tives by sort­ing, fil­ter­ing, short­list­ing and ex­port­ing bulls to meet the farm­ers’ pref­er­ences.

‘‘It helps you pick bulls us­ing a phone or tablet and it’s another tool we use to pick the right bull for your cow,’’ PregRite Ge­net­ics owner and tech­ni­cian Garth Matthews said.

Agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy com­pany The Yield has cre­ated an app called Sens­ing+ which con­verts data col­lected from on-farm sen­sors into a seven-day weather forecast.

The com­pany’s free app is the only ap­pli­ca­tion to show fig­ures for evap­o­tran­spi­ra­tion, the sum of evap­o­ra­tion off the earth’s sur­face and plant tran­spi­ra­tion, crunch­ing 2.5 mil­lion Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy data records ev­ery six days to pre­dict the weekly amount of evap­o­tran­spi­ra­tion to aid grow­ers.

‘‘Grow­ers face enor­mous uncer­tainty try­ing to pre-empt weather, and its im­pact can be dis­as­trous. But many still rely on weather apps that might be show­ing data from hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres away,’’ The Yield founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor Ros Har­vey said.

Reap­ing re­wards . . . Har­vey. The Yield founder and man­ag­ing direc­tor Ros

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