The Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries sector is made up of organisations in farming, growing, fishing, forestry, hunting and trapping and agricultural services.
The sector includes 174,700 organisations, which employ 319,000 people mainly “mum and dad” farmers, who make up 93% of the sector.
Employment in the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing sector has declined over the past fifteen years, but it continues to provide jobs for more than 300,000 workers, 82% of which are in regional Australia.
The sector is continually challenged by the volatility of market prices and weather. There are few direct technology threats to farmers and producers in the Agriculture sector and technology even provides tools to help manage commodity price and weather fluctuations.
Scientist Bill Kreuser, discusses how drones are evolving the precision and innovation of science today specifically in turf grass.
Drone surveys can capture data of value to farmers, identifying issues including compaction, moisture, pest and fungal infestation and weeds. Every place that turf is under stress shows up in imaging. Data can be captured by a variety of sensors and cameras including infrared, thermal, multi-spectral and natural gamma.
Drones can even be used for precision variable rate application of liquid pesticides, fertilisers and herbicides. Drones are also used in agricultural insurance and assessment, providing an accurate estimate of loss or damage.
Although drones provide an eye in the sky, the real strength comes from data processing and analytics after data is collected.
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