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GNSS & GIS in Australian Agriculture. Andrew Whitlock [email protected] Shifting Perceptions. Field traffic is usually Uncontrolled. Understanding Soil Health. Sustainable Food Production. Machine Guidance “Auto-steer”. Radio. Rover.

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GNSS & GIS in Australian Agriculture

Andrew Whitlock

[email protected]

Shifting Perceptions

Field traffic is usually Uncontrolled

Understanding Soil Health

Sustainable Food Production

Machine Guidance “Auto-steer”



Base station

GPS Guidance for Inter row sowing

Shielded spraying using 40% less chemical

50% banding

Why we need precision!50% less chemical

Photo: Whitlock

Section boom control




11% for machinery

89% for crops

Photo: Roger Todd

  • Improve Soil Health

  • Increase Production

  • Build resilience against drought

  • Reduce fuel use by 50%

CORS Networks

Connectivity in Cab

  • Remote diagnostic analysis

  • Rapid data transfer - cloud

  • Inter-vehicle communication

  • Mobile office, e-commerce etc…

Wireless Vehicle Control

Why is this important?

Point Data

RTK derived topography map

Ponding Analysis

Plant Biomass Mapping

High Biomass

Low Biomass

Not always fun???

“NDVI Farm Maps are a great resource to identify problem areas

not necessarily seen by the naked eye”

Weed Seekers

Soil Data Collection

Photo: FSA

ElectroMagnetics (EM)

Soil Maps – EM38

Satellite Imagery

Plant Biomass

Index map

Reduced Fertiliser use by 25%

Satellite Imagery

Yield Stability

Production Zones

Variable Rate Applications

Heading towards live cattle tracking

roving (livestock) sensors

…hosted on a web platform

Livestock tracking toimprove pasture use

‘Sundown Valley’ Kingstown

Accurate Job Data Records

  • All data is stored in an intuitive explorer view, in a hierarchy system with the following levels:

  • Project

    • Client

      • Farm

        • Paddock

          • Crop

            • Operation

GM Mapping






Urea Trial

On-Farm Research

SMART Farming

  • Machine GPS guidance

  • Information Rich

  • Precise input placement

  • Consistent spatial footprint

  • Accurate field operations mapping

  • Max production with less inputs

  • Economic, Environmental, Social

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