A focus on farm data

PRECISION AG: Ruth Sommerville, Alice Nottle, Emily Piggott, Jess Koch, Emma Jefferson and Brooke Orrock all attended the Ladies on the Land workshop.

PRECISION AG: Ruth Sommerville, Alice Nottle, Emily Piggott, Jess Koch, Emma Jefferson and Brooke Orrock all attended the Ladies on the Land workshop.

A Ladies on the Land seminar was held in Booleroo Centre on Friday, to familiarise women with precision agriculture and how useful it can be on their farms. 

Under the Upper North Farming Systems banner, the group holds frequent workshops about a variety of farming topics to top up their knowledge and to be a voice in decisions on their family farms. 

The workshop held on Friday was part of a two part series called Smart Farmers, Smart Farms that was funding by the South Australian Grain Industry Trust. 

Facilitating the day was Jessica Koch, a committee member for the Upper North Farming Systems who explained that the day was about using different mapping types in addition to file types, storing yield data and how all of this combined can contribute to the daily operations of a farm. 

"They are getting a really succinct introduction into agriculture and we are giving women the tools they need to get started. A lot of them are really keen and have husbands that are really busy, but they are really interested to learn and want the skills to take the data from the machine, back to the office, use it to make a decision and then take the files back out to the paddock," Jess explained. 

After the technological side of things, the women headed out to an air seeder where they put the files they made into practice and also completed a bit of crop scouting. 

Bethany Sleep, a recent graduate from a Bachelor of Agricultural Science has returned home to her parent's property in the Canowie Belt and Sunnybrae region went along to the session and believes that progressing in precision agriculture is fundamental to the industry's future. 

"A lot of farmers will store their yield maps on a USB in their office and that is about as far as it goes. They might look at it just out of interest sake but that is about it. 

"I feel that on our farm there are limitations because we aren't sure on what to do with it, even on where to start. Just from the information I have received, I have found that precision ag isn't actually that complex there are just lots of misconceptions that makes it seem more complex than it is. This is just clearing up  those confusions," Bethany explained. 

Ladies on the Land operates out of a Facebook page, providing a place for women farmers to receive agricultural information, relevant to their practice.