TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

New soil sensors designed to be 'farm tough'

Two new soil sensors are on track towards commercialisation.

Claire Harris
Developed at the University of Tasmania, the BILBY wireless communication node sends data from a soil moisture probe through the soil to a gateway then to the cloud. Credit: University of Tasmania.

Developed at the University of Tasmania, the BILBY wireless communication node sends data from a soil moisture probe through the soil to a gateway then to the cloud. Credit: University of Tasmania.

While there have been improvements in soil sensor technology over the years, useability often remains a barrier to uptake. But a recently completed project addresses the problem, focusing on creating instruments...

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A growing series of reports, each focused on a key discussion point for the farming sector, brought to you by the Farming Ahead team.

A growing series of reports, each focused on a key discussion point for the farming sector, brought to you by the Farming Ahead team.

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Research Report: Carbon Calculators (June 2024)

Farming Ahead's June Research Report compares two carbon calculators which can be used by grain growers.

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Research Report: High Horsepower Tractors (May 2024)

Kondinin Group has rounded up some real broadacre muscle in this Research Report - looking at 447kW (600hp)-plus tractors.

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Research Report: Sheds (April 2024)

Sheds play a vital role in farming, offering shelter and protection for people, machinery, livestock and valuable inputs like chemicals and fertiliser.

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Research Report: Self-Propelled Sprayers (March 2024)

In this month’s Research Report, the Kondinin Group research team of Mark Saunders, Ben White and Josh Giumelli present the results of the latest round of self-propelled sprayer testing. The team traversed several states to round up six of the latest sprayers, which can cost upwards of $1 million each.