Precision agronomy

Course details

Name:Precision Agronomy

This training program provides functional, practical training in precision agronomy relevant to local climate and industries. Precision agronomy course brochure PDF, 1568.23 KB

Cost:Pre-approved applicants will be funded through the NSW AgSkilled training program.
Course aim:To enable farmers and advisors to utilise existing services and data to receive better functionality, integration and return on investment. If you are an agronomist, advisor, or farmer who utilises technology then this course will be highly beneficial to you, your clients, and your business.
Length:This is a four day course conducted over two workshops (2 x 2 days) plus an online component.
Course program/structure:
  • Planning and managing Variable Rate Applications
  • Interpreting NDVI Imagery (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) and Yield Data on farm
  • Agronomic principles, interpreting soil texture and pH maps collecting ground truth soil samples to match soils, fertilisers and variation from agronomic data sets
  • Calibrate, prepare and use Variable Rate spreading equipment
  • Introducing GPS Guidance, variable rate controllers and auto steer technologies
  • Case study, during the training you will need to apply the learnt data principles on farm. This will involve obtaining and ground truthing data sets.

Workshop 1

  • Data standardisation, learn about the process of obtaining data in a meaningful long-term format that can be used to layer information and gain valuable insight into farm productivity and efficiency
  • Field boundaries, learn about the importance of correct spatial field boundaries, how they can be used and their role in a precision agronomy program
  • GPS, learn about the types of GPS and their accuracies
  • Yield data, you will learn about types of yield data, how to export and import yield data from machines to computers, yield data errors and cleaning, as well as surfacing, layering and how to put the data into a meaningful format for future uses
  • Soil data, you will learn about different, methods of soil mapping and how they can be used on farm today
  • NDVI Imagery, you will learn about satellite NDVI imagery as well as machine and hand-held NDVI. We will look at applications of NDVI as well as limitations
  • Ground truthing, you will learn about the importance of applying your knowledge to data sets as well as how to put numbers against data sets in the paddock.

Case study (online and in the paddock)

  • Obtain on farm data, you will be required to access farm data to start to store and save this in spatial formats
  • Generate field boundaries, you will make spatial field boundaries for your farm
  • Scout with NDVI Imagery, you will gain access to NDVI for your farm and learn how to use this to view variation across a paddock
  • Ground truth data sets & collect soil samples, you will receive two funded soil samples to help you ground truth your data and quantify the variation that maybe present in your paddock
  • Generate spatial data, you will use software to start to see the process of generating and using spatial data on your farm in completing your case study

Workshop 2

  • Variable rate, Section control and rate controllers, you will see the differences in Variable rate, section and rate control and learn what may be most applicable to your farm
  • Telemetry, you will see examples of telemetry networks as well as discuss the future of on farm networks and data sensors
  • As applied data, you will see and generate as applied data, and learn what this is and why this is important in your precision agronomy program
  • Data stacking and layering, you will stack and layer data and see examples of where this has been done and how this can provide benefits to viewing a paddock over multiple seasons and conditions
  • Economics, discuss and learn about profit and profitability of precision agronomy and why this is useful on farm
  • Generating prescriptions, you will generate prescriptions and load these into a controller to see how variable rate file are generated and used
  • File formats, you will learn about the various file formats in the industry and where and why these are applicable
  • Data security and privacy, you will look at farm data policies and discuss why this is important in moving forward with your farm data.
Resources and method of delivery:

Workbook and reference publications provided.

This course is a blended delivery of face to face and online.


This course is aligned to national units of competencies:

  • AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data
  • AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data
  • AHCSOL402 Develop a soil use map for a property (online module)
  • AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology
  • AHCBUS301 Use hand held e-business tools
farm machinery

2019 dates/locations

Moree (CLOSED)
Workshop 1: 21-22 May 2019
Workshop 2: 25-26 June 2019

Gunnedah (CLOSED)
Workshop 1: 23-24 May 2019
Workshop 2: 27-28 June 2019

Courses running subject to interest at these locations so apply now!

  • Leeton
  • Toolebuc
  • Ariah Park
  • Forbes
  • Moree
  • Inverell
  • Gunnedah
  • Warren
  • Tottenham

Apply now for participation in this course with your preferred location and dates. Numbers are limited and applications must be submitted 25 days prior to Workshop 1.

More information

Enquire here

Phone: Adrian Roles 0488 438 210
Phone: Charlie Bell  02 4939 8875