Expo shows precise approach to farming

Farmers from the Gunnedah region attended a Precision Agriculture Expo at Gunnedah Showground on Tuesday.

Graham Alcorn, Andrew Mitchell and Sean Bailey from the Peel Valley Group with a John Deere planter simulator.

The free event was hosted by the Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) and included presentations from a number of companies.

Machinery from names including John Deere, Topcon and Case was on display.

Sean Bailey from the Peel Valley Group said Peel Valley had set up training modules for famers to have a hands-on look and get a better understanding of the equipment.

“We have developed a program of 12 instructor-led precision agriculture education units specific to each individual farming operation,” Mr Bailey said.

Curlewis farmer Andrew Riordan, Jason Wood from Wideland Ag and George Truman from North West Local Land Services at the Precision Agriculture Expo at the Gunnedah Showground on Tuesday.

SPAA executive officer Nicole Dimos said the day provided an opportunity for farmers, farm workers and contractors to get together to learn about precision agriculture system use.

She said the expo followed on from a successful event held by the SPAA last year at Quirindi.

SPAA president Robin Schaefer said it was vital to inform farmers about precision agriculture technology under Australian conditions.

He said the event included short training sessions from sponsors, and access to expert advice.

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and often we are collecting data but not using it at that next level,” Mr Schaefer said.

“This event hopes to educate and demonstrate it’s not that daunting and you’ll benefit by understanding how to access it and use it.”

The event included a barbecue lunch from North West Local Land Services, was the results of the Department of Agriculture 25th Anniversary Landcare grants, and many sponsors.

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