Australians Embrace ‘Precision Pastoralism’

by Matt Ball on July 15, 2008

According to a story on M&C, Australian farmers are faced with tough times due to prolonged drought and long-term climate change. But the prevailing sentiment is adaptation to changing conditions, both with farm practices and crop selection.

Craig James, an adviser to dry-land farmers, said the application of technology would lead to what he calls ‘precision pastoralism.’ James predicted that remote-sensing systems – even drones for rounding up sheep – would take the sting out of higher fertilizer costs and labour shortages – and take the guesswork out of what to plant and when.

‘These technologies don’t replace skill, experience and other monitoring techniques but compliment them with more timely and better quality background information.’

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