A number of cotton’s leading growers and industry representatives attended a recent workshop in Tamworth as part of a large project called Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture. CRDC is coordinating the project, which is bringing together all agriculture RDCs, the CSIRO, a number of universities and the Australian Farm Institute for the first time to position agriculture in the big data space.
This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program and is focused on three main aims:
Facilitating the development of digital technology in Australian agriculture.
Fostering the establishment of appropriate legal frameworks, data systems and access to critical datasets.
Identifying the data communications systems required to deliver the benefits of digital agriculture to Australia’s farm and agribusiness sectors.
The recent workshop focused on the way decisions are made in cotton production now and in the future. It looked at the types of data currently collected, when and where decisions are made, interpretation tools and issues such as data protection and sharing.