Initial studies indicate that tools such as cattle tags to track livestock, a range of sensor networks that measure water salinity, soil moisture and the heartbeat of oysters can help increase farming productivity in crop and pasture yields by targeting the use of water and fertilisers as well as in livestock production through better rotation of animals and pastures.
Cotton growers using the soil moisture sensors almost doubled their yields per megalitre of water when they vary irrigation rates according to the localised needs of the soil and plants, rather than taking the one-size-fits-all approach for a whole field.
This report looks at data and information provided by the CSIRO and others and also looks at the smart farm activities in Armidale.
cattle tags, tracking livestock, sensor networks, access cam, M2M, Iot, broadband, NBN
Companies mentioned in this report
CSIRO, Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation, University of New England, Meat & Livestock Australia