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AUS: Mapping Cracks Peanut Farming Puzzle

AUS: Mapping Cracks Peanut Farming Puzzle

Australia’s peanut growers are trialling powerful, smart mapping technology to gain accurate yield predictions and deliver a major advantage at harvest time. The project also enables farmers to predict crop disease outbreaks. The program was developed by Andrew Robson, a University of New England research fellow, in partnership with the Peanut Company of Australia, which has about 200 growers. Queensland’s peanut capital, Kingaroy, was chosen as the frontline of the precision agriculture program, which aims to revolutionise farming. Farmers can access interactive maps that incorporate satellite imagery and real-time data, including soil, irrigation, pest and nutrient conditions, to analyse the health and maturity of their crops; develop and shift farming strategies; and submit detailed reports to industry stakeholders from anywhere on the farm. The technology is being adapted for other industries, including sugarcane, avocado and cotton. (Source: theaustralian.com.au)