Stu­dents gain in­sight into agtech

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Sec­ondary stu­dents from across the Wim­mera and south­ern Mallee have had a chance to see dig­i­tal agri­cul­ture in ac­tion as part of a statewide Dig­i­tal In­no­va­tion Fes­ti­val.

More than 100 stu­dents from Kaniva, Rain­bow, Bal­moral, Birchip, Charl­ton and Stawell took part in a tour and ac­tiv­i­ties at Grains In­no­va­tion Park in Hor­sham.

Dur­ing the event the stu­dents had an op­por­tu­nity to gain in­sight in cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy the agri­cul­tural sci­en­tific com­mu­nity was us­ing and pur­su­ing in the in­dus­try.

The stu­dents vis­ited the Aus­tralian Grains Genebank, home to more than 300,000 crop va­ri­eties from around the world and heard from Agri­cul­ture Victoria’s plant phe­nomics team on how un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles such as drones were be­ing used to col­lect data and speed up plant-breed­ing pro­cesses. Dur­ing a tour of the seed phe­nomics and qual­ity-traits lab­o­ra­to­ries, the stu­dents also heard how near-in­frared mul­ti­spec­tral and hy­per­spec­tral sen­sors were used to mea­sure grain qual­ity.

Mark Gould, co-or­di­nat­ing Victoria’s On­farm In­ter­net of Things Trial for the grains in­dus­try, also took part in the day.

He shared how farm­ers were adopt­ing new tech­nolo­gies such as soil-mois­ture probes to im­prove the pro­duc­tiv­ity, sus­tain­abil­ity and prof­itabil­ity of their busi­nesses.

A demon­stra­tion of emer­gency-man­age­ment tech­nol­ogy from For­est Fire Man­age­ment Victoria and in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by NBN Co about Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Broad­band Net­work rounded off the day of ac­tiv­i­ties.

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