Agriculture

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CQUniversity

Project Title:

Increased accuracy in on-animal spatio-temporal monitoring for livestock sensing applications

Organisations Involved:

  • Central Queensland University
  • Lincoln University
  • Signal ICT Graduate School

The use of spatial monitoring and management systems in the livestock sector is moving from research into commercial applications. There are now several farm ready systems available or in development that apply spatial data to improve animal management (e.g. smart ear tags and virtual fencing collars).

The use of GNSS as a positioning system has significant potential but is plagued by several issues, one of the key problems is accuracy. Terrestrial location systems are currently preferred for some applications whilst the actual applications of some technologies (e.g. virtual fencing collars and tags) are limited by the coarse spatial resolution that can be achieved with current GNSS.

This project will examine the potential for SBAS to improve the accuracy of GNSS to facilitate the development of two key livestock monitoring and management applications: high resolution virtual fencing for strip grazing and improved behavioural modelling to parturition activity and lambing location in sheep. These two applications could provide significant production efficiency gains for the livestock sector but can only be achieved with improved accuracy potentially available through SBAS. The project is a collaborative endeavour between leading research and industry organisations with field sites in both Australia and New Zealand.


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Kondinin Information Services

Project Title:

Establishing the practical application of and quantifying benefits for SBAS technology use in Australian grain production

Organisations Involved:

  • Kondinin Group
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Grains Research and Development Corporation

Kondinin Group together with Precision Agriculture and the Grains Research Development Corporation will be investigating the application of the SBAS testbed for operations in the production of grain, pulse and oilseeds. The project will incorporate SBAS testbed technology to farming operations including seeding, spraying, spreading and harvesting to quantify the applied accuracy for crop production purposes and determine specific requirements for the use of SBAS in these applications. With the looming advent of autonomy in farming, SBAS testbed technology will also be installed on autonomous farming equipment working in the field. Australia by UNSW Sydney.


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Plant and Food Research

Project Title:

Geospatial Resolution in Vineyards

Organisations Involved:

  • Plant and Food Research
  • UNSW Sydney
  • SeeSaw Wines
  • Whitehaven Wines

This project will test various geospatial technologies in a vineyard setting to investigate what geospatial resolution is possible, benefitting the development and adoption of precision viticulture technologies. Vineyards will be mapped in multiple wine in NZ by Plant & Food Research and in Australia by UNSW Sydney.


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Venture Southland

Project Title:

Real-time SBAS-assisted Production Forestry Management and Planning

Organisations Involved:

  • Venture Southland
  • Southwood Export
  • University of Otago
  • CRCSI

It is anticipated that real efficiencies in production forestry operations should be achievable through making accurate, real-time positioning information available in the field. SBAS technology promises to provide such efficiencies and this project will investigate if these efficiencies can be realised in a range of forestry plantations in Southland, New Zealand.


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Corrigin Farm Improvement Group

Project Title:

Putting SBAS in the hands of farmers

Organisations Involved:

  • Corrigin Farm Improvement Group
  • ThinkSpatial
  • University of New England
  • Wheatbelt Science

The primary aim of this project is to demonstrate the positioning improvements offered by SBAS and Precise Point Positioning (PPP) to farmers for simple positioning tasks. Its expected that as a result of this project, producers will be able to adopt low-cost SBAS enabled GPS technology on their farm using existing off-the-shelf technologies.


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Forestry Corporation NSW

Project Title:

Operational use of SBAS in commercial forest management

Organisations Involved:

  • Forestry Corporation NSW

Forestry Corporation NSW and its contractors currently use GNSS for a range of operational and compliance activities associated with commercial forest management in both native forest and softwood plantations. Improvements in accuracy and reliability of GNSS signals could significantly improve operational efficiency, safety and compliance. This project will test availability and accuracy of SBAS L1 and DFMC signals in a range of forest environments. It will also evaluate improvements in accuracy, compatibility with existing processes and equipment and the potential benefits in forest operations that currently use GNSS to determine location relative to operational and management boundaries.


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Page Bloomer Associates Ltd

Project Title:

Fit for Purpose Accuracy: SBAS GPS for Horticultural Farm Management

Organisations Involved:

  • LandWISE
  • GPS Control Systems
  • Forest Value Recovery
  • Hectre Group Ltd
  • ThinkSpatial

This project will demonstrate potential improvements in GNSS positioning accuracy using SBAS in various farming environments in New Zealand. It will compare the new SBAS signal with commercial systems currently available (at different levels of accuracy). The economic benefit SBAS could bring the NZ agriculture sector will be assessed by growers.

During this trial we will show growers the SBAS technologies to allow both static point location and kinematic guidance. Static location is beneficial for recording points of interest such as diseased plants, weeds and harvest bin location. Kinematic guidance will allow growers to track operations such as spraying, ensuring there are no missed plants or double ups.

For vegetable growers Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS is the gold standard as it gives them precise sub-metre positions. This precision is beneficial to help farmers locate the different rows of their crops, and points of interest such as diseased plants. While uncorrected signals are suitable for some farm applications, having access to highly accurate SBAS signals in affordable handheld devices will save time and increase outputs.


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University of Tasmania

Project Title:

Precision and accuracy of Unmanned Aircraft System for precision agriculture

Organisations Involved:

  • University of Tasmania
  • Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture
  • Australian UAV

The aim of this project is to demonstrate the absolute geometric accuracy that can be achieved with SBAS GNSS technology for ultra-high resolution remote sensing using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones). The anticipated benefit is a low-cost, time-efficient and high accuracy GNSS solution for UAS mapping for precision agriculture. Data from these UAS's could be used in the future to apply water and fertilisers, as well as provide insights into crop health.


Contact

For further information on these projects:

Julia Mitchell
SBAS Test-bed Program Manager
Australia and New Zealand CRC for Spatial Information
Level 5, 204 Lygon Street, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9035 3218
Email: jmitchell@crcsi.com.au
www.crcsi.com.au

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