Integrated Data Analytics


About the Technology

The Yield’s ‘Digital Playbook’ system uses advanced data analytics to process sensor data and crop management information for real-time monitoring of crop performance. Sensors, clustered in farm area networks, gather data on temperature, humidity, soil moisture, leaf wetness and light intensity. The sensor data are then analysed to generate microclimate predictions within the cropping area as well as to provide insights into crop health and productivity. Based on these insights, the system generates recommendations, allowing growers to make data-driven decisions about irrigation, soil nutrition, and crop protection. The system is connected to a Cloud-based platform, allowing growers to access the data from anywhere at any time.

The Trial

This technology was trialed in commercial herb crops on five farming properties. The aim of this trial was to assess the value of The Yield’s system to the business, including sensor quality, technical support and data analytics/reporting services. The second stage of the project aimed to develop best practice recommendations, in the form of a Digital Playbook, and a prediction model for the timing of harvest.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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