EOI: Technology to improve field scouting and decision support
- Solution providers that use artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate or augment crop scouting activities
- Solution providers with technology capable of measuring plant growth, soil constraints, disease, weed and pest pressure to inform decision making in broadacre and irrigated farming systems.
Industry challenge: The ability to accurately measure plant growth, and crop problems such as soil constraints, disease, weeds, and pests, is key to making good agronomic and pest management decisions. For example, management of pests that are mobile and difficult to accurately measure such as mirids, green vegetable bugs and soil pests, is challenging and can result in prophylactic insecticide use to counteract the risk created by this uncertainty. It is increasingly hard to find workforce for agronomy scouting and support, and new approaches to data management and new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning have the potential to automate or augment some crop scouting activities, supporting agronomists and growers through ensuring coverage is maximised, scouting assessments are consistent and accurate and crop management decisions are informed.
This investment aims to address several key priorities in creating value from on farm data, and the (as-yet) significantly under realised potential of ag tech to support agronomists and growers to gather the necessary data and information to support agronomic and crop protection decision making.
Current opportunity: It will investigate technologies to automate or augment data collection on crop development, including plant growth and damage, and/or crop protection issues to support and improve crop management decision making. It may consider testing technologies available in other systems, as well as developing new technologies. In addition to development and field testing, this project should incorporate early and ongoing engagement with growers and agronomists to ensure proposed technology solution meets end user needs and is fit for purpose.
EOI application process: Click the "Visit website" button to access a detailed description of the EOI and the application process on the Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC) website.
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