PAM - In a nutshell - Process, Analyse & Manage your important farm records

Fairport's flagship product PAM, enables you to record virtually any farm records you can imagine. We cover cropping of almost any type you can grow, livestock of any type (down to individual animal records if you want), machinery, general farm overheads, irrigation - all with costs incurred and income received to give you a myriad of reports (several hundred) to help you manage better. 
All that plus quality assurance to the minor detail (if you want it), weather recording & analysis, soil, tissue and other laboratory analysis results, farm mapping, precision farming data analysis and variable rate control maps... PAM and it's modules do pretty much everything you would want a farm management package to do except accounting ... and for PAM Enterprise clients, we can even offer interfacing with accounting packages. 

PocketPAM2 - In a nutshell - Collect your important farm records at the source

Collect data on the go for all cropping and livestock activities & weather & more... to send back to your PAM database (wherever that may be). 

PAM Versions Comparison Table...

PAM SaaS

PAM  EE

PAM MTE

PAM MultiClient

PAM Standard

Where it "lives"
Hosted by Fairport in the 'cloud'
Can be hosted by Fairport in the 'cloud' or on your server
Can be hosted by Fairport in the 'cloud' or on your server
Installed on your office computer
Installed on your office computer

To record and analyse Cropping (as in Wheat, Peas, Canola, Cotton) and livestock records

Request   
PAM QA+
PAM QA+ mode is the default PAM 'flavour' for a PAM EE 'business unit'
PAM QA+
This is the default PAM installation
PAM QA+
This is the default PAM installation
PAM QA+
This is the default PAM installation
To record Cropping (as in Wheat, Peas, Canola, Cotton) and Horticultural Crops (Trees, Vines, Market Garden Crops) and livestock records

Request 
PAM UltraCrop
You can choose to run specific business units in 
PAM UltraCrop
mode
Opt for 
PAM UltraCrop
during installation
Opt for 
PAM UltraCrop
during installation
Opt for 
PAM UltraCrop
during installation

To record vineyard records (table or wine grapes)

 

You can choose to run specific business units in
PAM AusVit/UltraVit
mode
during installation
during installation
during installation
Can exchange data with PocketPAM2 and PAM-FieldRex
YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Run on any computer type (including iPads, tablets) with a web browser
YES
YES
It can be configured to do this
YES
It can be configured to do this
NO
NO

Can interface with the Precision Agriculture -  PDP (Precision Data Processor) Module

YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Can include the Farm Mapping & Map Reports Module
YES
Included by default
YES
Included by default
YES
Included by default
YES
Mapping is an Optional Extra
YES
Mapping is an Optional Extra

Can include the IAR - Individual Animal Records Module

YES
YES
YES
YES
YES
Can be networked (concurrent access to PAM  by 2 or more users)
YES
YES
YES
YES
Yes - Optional Extra
YES
Yes - Optional Extra
Can be used by people in different locations (Wide Area Networked)
YES
YES
Yes - this is typically how clients use it
YES
Yes - this is typically how clients use it
YES
Yes - if you purchase the network license version
YES
Yes - if you purchase the network license version
Used by Consultants, keeping each of their client's PAM data sets completely separated but easily accessed using the "Client List" menu within their PAM MultiClient program

NO
NO
NO
YES
NO
Can set up "Business Units" - keeping the data centralised but at the same time separated to allow/deny user access at the business unit level and to have central control of lists, prices, etc.

YES
YES
YES
NO
NO

Can set up different PAM "flavours" for "Business Units" - keeping their data separated but still allowing central control of lists, prices, etc.

NO
YES
NO
NO
NO
Can allow or deny access to Business Units on a user basis. (e.g. Tom can see Business Unit "A", but not "B", Fred can see both)

YES
YES
YES
NO
NO
Can perform cross buiness unit reporting - and create user defined "reporting regions" to combine farms from different business units into one reporting 'entity'
NO
YES
NO
NO
NO

Users can be
"Report Only" users,
"Mapping Administrators",
"PAM Configuration Administrators" ... and other special roles...

NO
YES
NO
NO
NO
Can deny data entry access to sections of PAM. e.g. Bill can enter cropping data, but can only view livestock data.

NO
YES
NO
NO
NO
Includes Backup & Restore Data
YES
Managed nightly by Fairport

PAM EE Client's IT Departments manage their own backup & restore systems 

PAM MTE Client's IT Departments manage their own backup & restore systems 

YES
You manage - It's built into the program

YES
You manage - It's built into the program

 

Fairport - Working with the world's leading farmers since 1988.

 

 

PAM-PrecisionLink

PAM-PrecisionLink - for data entry and data transfer from your tractor cab

PAM-PrecisionView - to view jobs in real time on your computer and to review past jobs. 

PAM-PrecisionLink is designed to be embedded on your tractor's field computer (e.g. your FarmscanAg, AgGuide console). Having the full data entry functionality of PAM's crop diary and inventory of consumables in your cab.

Switch between the on board device software that you have running for rate controllers, viewing coverage, autosteer etc. (e.g. the Spray Controller screen or the Seeder/Planter Controller screen) and PAM-PrecisionLink. Typically you would only need to switch to the PAM-PrecisionLink software at times when you are stationary - filling a tank or planter, or at the start and end of a job. 

Fetch planned events from PAM to PAM-PrecisionLink on your on board devices by 3G or WiFi or transfer them by USB. 

Machinery operators can then, in PAM-PrecisionLink:

  • view their planned jobs for the days ahead,
  • view the total amounts of inputs (e.g. Seed, Fertilizer, Chemicals) required for jobs ... even the amounts per tank full or part tank full when doing spray jobs
  • enter any changes they may need to make to the plan
  • add weather conditions, start and stop times before
  • converting the job to an actual record then
  • send the record back to PAM

PAM-PrecisionLink takes advantage of the data transfer and communications systems developed for PocketPAM2. To gain a complete understanding of those concepts, please visit the PocketPAM2 web page. PAM-PrecisionLink program registration also uses the same system as PocketPAM2 - each device will require an unlock number to enable data transfer to and from PAM. 

Transfer data to PAM-PrecisionView

In addition to the data entry capability, at user definable intervals (for example, each minute, every five minutes) PAM-PrecisionLink will send back messages via 3G to your PAM computer or server. The messages will include the location of the tractor and what it has been applying since the last message (i.e. how many hectares covered, how much seed and fertilizer applied). 

 

And ... You will be able to watch on your office computer screen as the tractor(s) move around the paddocks using PAM-PrecisionView.  

If you aren't set up with 3G or WiFi from your tractor, there is an option to move the data back to your PAM computer with a USB drive. 

Past jobs can be reviewed using the job filter: Business/Farm/Field/Operation/Date Range. 

Available from the outset in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. More features (and languages) will be added as required in the months ahead. PAM-PrecisionLink and PAM-PrecisionView will be ready for the 2013 planting seasons in both northern and southern hemispheres.

 

PAM-PrecisionView

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAM - IAR - Individual Animal RecordsIAR provides a vehicle for recording Livestock activities of an Individual Animal, and the traits and development of those animals.
The PAM Individual Animal Recording production recording is integrated into the existing Livestock recording system. All Individual Animal activities remain consistent with the existing Livestock Activities Add Wizard recording system.

Some of the Features of IAR include:

» Mobs can be nominated as having Individually Identified Animals (or not)… You can have a mob of mixed … Identified and Unidentified.

» Importing of Electronic ID tag identification files, or in a custom comma delimited text file format.

» When setting up mobs of identified animals, you can select a set of traits from your trait list, enter default values for them and apply those traits and values to all animals.

» Recording of Single Animal Treatments, Movements, Animal Traits, Weights and BreedPlan records.

» Trait information for a given animal can be highly customised and multiple Traits can be grouped into Tasks for easier data entry.

» You can design your own unlimited list of traits. Trait types include: Text, Number, Date, Yes/No etc… You can even set up your own Pick List system.

» Formula's for calculating custom user information using Trait items can also be used.

» Monitoring of matings (Natural, AI, IVF, ET) and pregnancy tests for Dams and Sires.

» Progeny for an animal can be traced, displayed and printed.

» Bloodline Family Tree.

» On screen reporting enables you to quickly find an individual and see its movements, treatments, progeny etc.

» Finding an individual when needed is fast … a special filter system enables you to close in the animal quickly. The filter system also remembers its settings for next time to save time

Fill out the DEMO REQUEST FORM or better still CALL US during office hours (Western Australian time)  on +61-(0)8-9 367 5814 to find out more

 

 

Screen Shots

 Individual Animals - PAM - Main Screen

 

IAR - PAM - Show Animals

 

IAR- Bllodline map

 

Fill out the DEMO REQUEST FORM or better still CALL US during office hours (Western Australian time)  on +61-(0)8-9 367 5814 to find out more

 

 

 

PAM with Mapping

gpMapper Live

PAM with Precision Data Processor

Compatible Hardware / Software systems

Rinex SoilTrax

PFA SkyMapper

Fugro South   Africa

Garmin

MapInfo

MicroTrak   Geomarker

Rinex

SkyMapper

SoilTRAX

 

PocketPAM   gpsScout

 

 

Rinex SoilTrax

PFA SkyMapper

Fugro South   Africa

Garmin

MapInfo

MicroTrak   Geomarker

Rinex

SkyMapper

SoilTRAX

 

PocketPAM   gpsScout

 

Rinex SoilTrax

PFA SkyMapper

JDMap Yield

Trimble   Yield & VRT

Case AFS Yield

Farmscan /   Farmlap VRT

 Topcon/KEE/Zynx VRT

Skymapper

 

Farmscan CanLink 3000   VRC

All Rinex   hardware Yield & VRT

Flexicoil VRT Task Controller

CAT & Claas

AgLeader Yield & VRT

 

 

 John Deere   (Binary)

John Deere (export from Apex)

 

 

 

File Import Capabilities

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (SHP)(ArcView /   ArcInfo) File   

Fairport (GPX   / GPM / GBM)

Fugro South   Africa (OPE /   PTS / TRK)

Garmin   (GRM   / TRK / WPT)

Garmin   MapSource Text   (TXT)

MapInfo (MIF)

PocketPAM   gpsScout (CSV)

Rinex   (LOG,###)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

SoilTRAX (SXE)

Way   Points/Generic   List of Points   (TXT,CSV)

Windows 3.1   InterFarm /   FarmStar maps

 

 

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (SHP)(ArcView /   ArcInfo)

Fairport (GPX /   GPM / GBM)

Fugro South   Africa (OPE /   PTS / TRK)

Garmin (GRM /   TRK / WPT)

Garmin   MapSource Text   (TXT)

MapInfo (MIF)

MicroTrak   Geomarker   (DAT)

PocketPAM   gpsScout (CSV)

Rinex   (LOG,###)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

SoilTRAX (SXE)

Way Points /   Generic List of   Points   (TXT,CSV)

Windows 3.1   InterFarm /   FarmStar maps

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (SHP)(ArcView   /   ArcInfo)

Fairport (GPX)

Fugro South   Africa (OPE /   PTS / TRK)

Garmin   (GRM/TRK/WPT)

Garmin   MapSource   Text (TXT)

MapInfo (MIF)

Windows 3.1   InterFarm /   FarmStar maps

PocketPAM   gpsScout (CSV)

Rinex   (LOG,###)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

SoilTRAX (SXE)

Way   Points/Generic   List of Points   (TXT,CSV)

 

plus all files associated with the hardware systems listed above. The CSV (Comma Delimited Data) importer can cater for any data as long as there are coordinates in it. Data from different yield monitors can be merged together (eg. You have 2 different machines working in one paddock). Data from different seasons can be merged together for obtaining "average" images

PRECISION DATA

AgLeader:   Ascii, Basic,   Binary, Insight

AgNav

Case / New   Holland

Case AFS

Caterpillar

Comma/Tab   Delimited

Comma/Tab   Delimited (with   Headers)

FarmScan   CanLink

John Deere:
  JDMap Export, Binary, GreenStar Yield Data (GSY), GreenStar Field Data (GSD), GreenStar II & III

Apex CSV Data

RDS   Technology

Rinex

Rockwell (CSV   Export)

Satloc Ascii

MicroTrak   Binary

Voyager

File Export Capabilities

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (ArcView /   ArcInfo)   (SHP/AXL)

Fairport   (GPX/GPM/GBM)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

Bitmap Image   (BMP)

Google Earth
   (KML)

MapInfo   (MIF/MID)

 

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (ArcView /   ArcInfo)   (SHP/AXL)

Fairport   (GPX/GPM/GBM)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

Bitmap Image   (BMP)

Google Earth
   (KML)

MapInfo   (MIF/MID)

 

 

Autocad (DXF)

ESRI Shape   (ArcView /   ArcInfo)   (SHP/AXL)

Fairport   (GPX/GPM/GBM)

SkyMapper   (SKM)

Bitmap Image   (BMP)

Google Earth
  (KML)

MapInfo   (MIF/MID)

 

plus all the VRT file formats for the VRT systems listed.

Export Setup to Onboard Device

AgLeader

Case / New   Holland

John Deere   GreenStar

John Deere   GreenStar II

Export Jobs / Tasks

John Deere   GreenStar II

 and III

Live GPS / Moving Map Display (NMEA Format)

NO

 

YES

YES

Import and Export Waypoints from/to Garmin GPS

NO

 

YES

YES, in standalone Farmstar only

Create Geolocated Interpolated Bitmaps Images of Spatially Variable Data

NO

 

NO

YES,
For example: Yield Data, Soil Test Data, Leaf Test Data, Protein Data and EM Data. Sparse or Dense Data can be handled.
You can choose your own colour palette and colour ranges .

Create Geolocated Coloured GPS Paths

NO

 

NO

YES,
For example: the swath paths of Harvesters, Aerial or Ground Sprayers can be coloured by Yield, Rate, Altitude, Speed etc. You can choose your own colour palette and colour ranges .

Create Geolocated Coloured and Sized Cirlces

NO

 

NO

YES,
Spatially variable data can be represented by circles which can be sized by one items values and coloured by another item’s value. For Example, Soil test results can be shown this way. The eye can see trends. The results of all soil test items can be displayed as values radiating from the circle

Create Variable Rate Application Maps

NO

 

NO

YES,
The VRT Project Manager in FarmStar is very advanced and can out put to the following systems:

AgLeader VRT

CanLink 3000

FeildStar VRT

FlexiControl

Zynx Bitmap   (KEE)

Zynx Polygon   (KEE)

Old KEE /   Shape File VRT

Trimble

Rinex

XML Bitmap

XML Polygon

John Deere   GreenStar II

Create Contour Maps of Spatially Variable Data

NO

 

NO

YES

Precision Faring or Precision Agriculture - Data Processor

 

  

FarmStar - The Consultants CHoise for processing Precision Agriculture data

Precision Data Processor ("PDP") is the name used for the complete precision agriculture data processing module. This module can be plugged in to any PAM version.

PAM, together with the Mapping module and the Precision Data Processor module is the most complete and comprehensive Precision Farming software in the world. 

FarmStar is the name used for the standalone Farming Mapping system including the 'Live' mapping features  of gpMapper together with the PDP module. FarmStar is the product of choice of many soil scientists and agronomists in the business of assisting farmers with variable rate application decisions on their farms.

 

PDPLite

PDP Lite*

Looking for a light weight program to create Variable Rate Application maps for a range of different controllers? PDP Lite* is what you need. 

PDP Lite* enables you to create and manage Variable Rate projects for multiple clients. Simply import a Shape File based set of management zones for a paddock, use the existing rates contained in the shape file or add your own, then choose your output type (or controller type). 

Maintain a list of farms and paddocks for each of your clients. Maintain lists of crop types, fertilizers and chemicals to share across all clients.

PDP Lite manages all past projects, so retrieving a project for a previous year is very easy. From there you can make changes and "Save As..." a new Farm/Paddock/Season project .. or just re-use the project. If your variable rate controller has changed in the meantime, no problem, just select the appropriate controller from the list.

Designed to be easy to use.  Download a fully working trial version... click here

 

 

Fill out the DEMO REQUEST FORM or better still CALL US during office hours (Western Australian time)  on +61-(0)8-9 367 5814 to find out more

 

History

Fairport first produced FarmStar in 1997 after being involved in possibly Australia's first yield mapping exercise at a farm near Corrigin, Western Australia. In 1998 FarmStar was only one of 2 software packages producing yield maps globally and the only program producing interpolated images of spatially variable data.

During the late 1990's we worked closely with Australian based precision agriculture companies, such as Precision Farming Australia, Farmscan, Rinex and KEE to co-design and develop variable rate (and other) data exchange formats. We also worked closely with the Senwes team in South Africa under Dr. Fourie and then Christo Helm. These forward thinking people were pioneers of precision agriculture in South Africa, especially in the field of variable rate fertilizer application. Senwes were our South African software distributors for many years. 

FarmStar was totally re-written during 2000 - 2001 and another rewrite commenced in 2006 ... which resulted in today's "PDP" module that is now capable of being plugged into any of our PAM software systems .. from PAM standalone systems to PAM Enterprise and PAM SaaS (Software as a Service).

With the new PDP system we introduced new methods of imaging spatially variable data, including "Kriging" and an extra fast (proprietory) method we call "Fairport Optimized" 

One of the main benefits of PDP is it's ability to read data from the majority of today's precision farming on-board-devices and to also produce variable rate recipe files for them as well. Fairport has agreements (for cooperation in the exchanging of data) with many of the manufacturers of the on board devices used in today's equipment.

The PDP Manual can be downloaded - click here

See also: PAM-PrecisionLink 

PDP - Talks with all the precision agriculture on board devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PDP also imports "as applied" maps from the ARAG Bravo sprayers ... We have also developed a small, FREE, utility to convert ARAG Bravo data to ESRI SHP format. Download here...

Below are some screen shots from PDP... 

 

Precision Agriculture - Data Processor by Fairport

 

PDP - Precision Data Processor

  • Create very sophisticated raster images of spatially variable data, such as yield data collected from a yield monitoring system aboard a harvester. The PDP data imaging system is very powerful and flexible... very user-configurable. PDP uses various methods for creating raster images including Ultra-Fast Kriging (specially designed for very sparse data) and a proprietory, extra fast "Optimized" method developed by Fairport

 

  • Automatically generate Contour Map Layers from the generated images of your spatially variable precision farming data (e.g. Yield Data, Soil Samples, EM Survey Data, Elevation Data)

    How? 
    - After generating an image from your precision farming data using the Kriging or the "Fairport Optimised" method, by simply clicking on the "Generate Contours" button PDP will produced a set of colour filled, closed polygons (as shown below). The Transparency Slider enables you to view through the contour polygons to underlying data images or any other raw data layers you might have for the paddock.

    - These polygons can be used as management zones or VRT zones and can be saved as a layer of polygons to your farm mapping layers for any future use.

    Creating Management Zones - Precision Data Processor


    Precision Farming Data Processing - Yield Image to Contours to VRT

  • Create raster or vector (coloured circles or coloured lines) representations of soil test data, leaf test data and any other data you may record along with GPS coordinates. With vector representation you display data values and position them on the map at any angle and size.  


    Processing Precision Agriculture Dadta with Fairport's PDP Software

  • Combine data sets to create averaged data over several years using the fully built-in option: "Processing Over Year..." As well the average yield, this can also create an image of the Maximum or Minimum Yields for each point (Square Metere .. or whatever you choose) for a series of years, 

  • Interface with GPS hand held logging devices. This allows you to log areas (e.g. Areas of weeds) on the ground and transfer the information to your computer.  

  • Display statistical analysis of data for whole paddocks or within smaller, digitised areas within paddocks.  

    Precision Farming Data Processor - Data Statistics

  • Sub-Set Data to analyse special areas within paddocks. Confine yield and other images using the "Image Constraint" system.   

  • Export your data as "CSV" for importing into Excel. Import "CSV" files from Excel. 

  • Create "VRT" recipe maps for all commonly used Variable Rate Control systems (John Deere, Raven, AgLeader, Topcon/KEE, Farmscan, Rinex, Flexicontrol, SHP FIle Systems) for accurate seed, fertiliser and chemical applications.   
  • Combine spatially variable data from more than one paddock (even an entire farm) and display it in raster or vector form.  

  • Combine Yield Data from any yield monitoring system... meaning for example that if you have a Case harvester and a John Deere harvester and a Caterpillar equipped harvester in the same field, FarmStar can combine their data into a single data set for yield mapping.  

  • Live GPS Mapping (FarmStar only). Moving Map display. Create Farm Maps (any maps) interactively. PAM+PDP users can also use FarmStar at no extra cost. 

 
 

Case study - Variable rate in macadamia orchards

Macadamia Farming with Precision Agriculture


In 2009 an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) captured high resolution images of Macadamias to create a tree Nitrogen (N) requirement map to trial a Precision Agriculture (PA) nutrition program at Hinkler Park Plantation. N is the major fertiliser nutrient applied to macadamias and a preliminary assessment in 2008 found that UAV mounted visible and infra-red cameras could potentially provide PA maps for fertilising macadamias. The main project participants included SkyView Solutions and Hinkler Park Plantation (HPP) with the sponsors Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL), James Cook University, Fairport Technologies and AgIT.

The PA N-requirement map generated in 2009 was for 94 hectares of macadamias at Moore Park, near Bundaberg in QLD. These UAV flights captured visible and infra-red images to develop a range of image processing techniques. Photo stitching and vegetation index calculations were used to highlight the presence of N. The best result for linking imagery with leaf-sample values was obtained using the canopy chlorophyll content index (CCCI). Statistical analyses performed across several varieties (Daddow, 842, 849, A203, A268) using Leaf-N tissue tests, handheld radiometer readings and image reflectance values, found strong significant correlations in the data collected. Post processing techniques were developed for pixel filtering, summarising and smoothing of the CCCI values so the results could be integrated with a variable rate fertiliser spreader. The final steps of image processing utilised the GIS mapping Precision Agriculture tools from Fairport called PAM Ultracrop with the Precision Data Processor module. The files created by PAM-PDP were used in a TopCon X20 console with a GPS driven Variable Rate Controller (VRC).
PA technology needs to be scalable and portable across large orchard areas in various locations to be commercially feasible. Solving this problem in 2010 was approached by (1) designing and constructing a UAV with greater capacities and (2) by trialling a new Satellite Imagery service released late in 2009 called WorldView2, providing new services with higher-resolution images (http://worldview2.digitalglobe.com/). In 2010 the project objectives were to: (a) Expand the 2009 procedures for a much larger area of 667 hectares of macadamias at Moore Park in QLD (b) Develop the VRC application and equipment technology for routine fertiliser applications (c) Repeat and check nitrogen tissue test statistical analyses with CCCI reflectance values across selected macadamia varieties.

The WorldView2 alternative provided higher resolution images than traditional satellite photos and pre-programmable image capture locations to within a few days of the requested time. The WorldView2 images are much lower resolution than UAV images however they provided enough detail for generating CCCI images for macadamia PA maps in 2010. The PA maps from WorldView2 were created with the UAV procedures developed in 2009. In 2010 the new UAV was successfully built and tested but delays in obtaining bug fixes from Canada for the auto-pilot navigation software prevented its use before the project cut off times for the flights.

The images created for the X20 VRC nutrition program used pixels summarised over areas of approximately 400 square metres (20mx20m). This allowed fertiliser applicator change rates manageable on a tractor travelling at 10 km per hour. In 2010 Liquid Amonium Nitrate fertiliser was used however HPP is looking at developing a VRC setup for granular fertiliser as well. In 2010 leaf-N tissue tests were taken from the varieties A203, 741, 816, Daddow and 849. Statistical analysis found significant correlations between the satellite imagery reflectance values and the Leaf-N tissue tests, with limited varietal differences. It was difficult to find significant differences in CCCI between varieties and this is an area likely to need UAV image resolution levels to assess effectively.

To develop this PA technology for macadamias and other agricultural crops further the following areas require attention:
(1) Assessing the impact of PA nutrition programs on the yield of macadamias and comparing it to traditional fixed rate N-fertiliser programs
(2) Assessing if PA improves the tree’s Leaf-N and Soil-N tests over time
(3) Improving the current VRC application technology’s implementation and extending it to granular fertiliser for N and other nutrient fertilisers
(4) Automate image processing steps in the farm based GIS mapping platform PAM-Ultracrop to reduce reliance on specialised GIS processing techniques and software
(5) Comparison of WorldView2 and UAV for PA in macadamias measuring the impact of different image resolutions with the different operational cost models

Developing a capacity to measure the impact of these new PA techniques on macadamia yield, Leaf-N and Soil-N is a challenge for the project. If new satellite imagery services like WorldView2 can be used by a farm based GIS mapping system like PAM Ultracrop for PA in macadamias, it simplifies a commercial grower’s access to the technology. UAV based image capture providing high resolution detail can develop the PA process for satellite imagery services to use on a broader scale on QLD and NSW. UAV’s may have a role in developing and calibrating the satellite imagery processes, and also in measuring the quality of the service and supporting specialised applications where extra detail is needed.

This kind of PA technology can play a part in the macadamia industry if it can improve tree nutrition programs and improve the sustainability of farming with reduced excess fertiliser run-off and downstream environmental costs. In an Australian industry context with mechanised agriculture and extensive acreages in many locations, PA could provide a technology edge allowing it to compete with countries that have lower labour costs, land value and more favourable exchange rates for exporting agricultural products.

For further information refer to HAL Project MC09034 - Using UAV technology and variable rate fertiliser application to improve macadamia productivity and sustainability
Contact Dr Leasie Felderhof at SkyView Solutions , Clayton Mattiazzi or Peter Zadro at Hinkler Park Plantation

 

PAM - PDP and the TopCon X20 Console at Hinkler Park Plantation Macadamia Orchards

 Hinkler Park - Variable rate on macadamias
 
The legend for the image below...
 
Green: High-N required
Yellow: High to Moderate N required
Dark Blue: Low to Moderate N required
Light Blue: Low N required
VRT map for Precision Agriculture N-fertiliser application with 4 levels of N-Requirement based on Moore Park Orchards at Hinkler Park Plantation
 
Variable rate in Macadamias
 
 
 

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