With ever increasing demands on an Agronomist’s time improving daily efficiencies in activities can be a significant issue in any Agronomy business. Garth Hungerford, Agronomist in the Wagga Wagga area of NSW claims that just using the Spray Recommendation feature of Back Paddock Adviser during an intense paddock inspection period can save him up to four hours each day! Some days Garth inspects up to 20 paddocks!
At the core of our philosophy for the Back Paddock System is that no single vendor has the capability or experience to be 'all things to all men'. The reality is that the technology world in agriculture has changed significantly over the past five years, premised on the basis of 'less-proprietary' internet-based integration languages and the emergence of the Apple iPhone, then iPad, then the prolifera of other brands and devices released since. Everybody has their personal preferences regarding brands, platforms and required solutions and through that we have to determine what solutions are required to meet various market requirements.
The partnership with SST Australia, is to enable users of their industry-leading precision-agriculture solutions to integrate with Back Paddock SoilMate. This multi-zonal testing approach is then correlated with other spatial dimensions such as yield-mapping, NDVI mapping for Biomass etc. The solutions are typically mapped as variable-rate maps and outputted in the prescription format required by the various machinery systems. Collectively, a powerful solution.
The initial process is desktop based and straight forward...the adviser creates an output file from SoilMate containing the specific test-results and exports them to SST Summit.
EziApp is an Australian company, specialsing in mobile-device solutions for the Apple iPhone/iPad. Built by Farmers for the Farming Industry.
EziApp Agro and Spray are used by a growing number of Agronomists and Farmers to create and email paddock/field inspection reports whilst on the farm and have it distributed there and then.
The Back Paddock EziApp Import feature enables the electronic import of EziApp Agro and Spray Reports, to be stored against the farm and paddock in Back Paddock Adviser and Manager, as Paddock Diary (Actuals) events. The feature is in testing as part of the Spring 2012 Release Program.
An exciting development... Certain aspects of precision agriculture disciplines are making the migration to mainstream agronomic thinking. The correlation of yield-data and the integration of biomass imaging are two aspects emerging.
For a number of years the Australian grain industry has produced grain protein results below desired levels in a significant proportion of the wheat crop. This can have a negative impact on grower’s financial returns and in the longer term damage Australia’s position in premium, milling-quality export markets.
In keeping SoilMate aligned with scientific and industry standards it has been decided to align the reporting units for the major cations (calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and aluminium) and effective cation exchange capacity (eCEC) with the standard units used by the research community for a number of years. This will see the universally used milliequivalent/100 g (meq/100g) replaced by the cmol(+)/kg. Fortunately this replacement is in name only and the critical levels that you may remember will remain unchanged as 1 meq/100g = 1 cmol(+)/kg as will the calculation of exchangeable cation percentages.