Crop yield models might not sound like traditional ag hardware but they’ve become a key tool in a modern farmer’s kit. They’re as good as they are accurate, and new research is focusing on making them more responsive to climate change.
There’s a high-tech tool increasingly available to farmers from Australia to Africa – remote sensing data from satellites. And they don’t even have to leave the paddock.
In a world first, a satellite-based algal bloom alert system has been developed for inland water bodies – a giant leap forward from individually testing each dam, river or lake across the countryside, and allowing for a much quicker response.
Australia will be able to guide the Earth observation satellite “NovaSAR” as it passes over our region – giving us a new level of control over the data we need to solve local problems.
Like it or not, climate change has introduced new levels of unpredictability into the business of producing and transporting goods to market.