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20 December, 2021

Big Tech Big Ideas

Plans are well underway for the first Central West Local Land Services Big Tech Big Ideas conference and field day in early February.

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Rohan Leach, Neroli Brennan, and Tim Bartimote are planning the Big Tech Big Ideas Conference and Field Day in 2022. Photo supplied.

The event will showcase the latest in ag tech in the cropping and livestock space, with a field visit to NSW department of primary industries Trangie agricultural research centre, as well as discussion on ag tech from farmers and industry at the conference in Dubbo. 

Central West Local Land Services (CWLLS) mixed farm adviser Rohan Leach, is overseeing the livestock component of the ag technology exhibits for the event. 

“We’re excited to bring a great range of livestock technologies to the Central West and promote some discussions on potential on-farm applications,” said Mr Leach.  

“Producers will be able to see demonstrations of walk-over-weighing systems and mechanical sheep handling technology at the field day,” he said.

“On the conference side of the event we are locking in some great presenters and panelists including Mark Mortimer from CentrePlus Merinos speaking on herd management and genetics in his merino stud and how electronic ID tags have revolutionized his business.” 

CWLLS cropping officer Tim Bartimote is helping to organise the cropping component of the event, and said he hoped it would help local producers understand how ag tech could be potentially used on farm.  

“Weed control will be an important part of our paddock demonstrations,” said Mr Bartimote. 

“We have some interesting updates on how machine learning and practical know-how can join forces to reduce chemical costs in growing crops.”

The field day and conference will include presentations on the latest in green-on-green spraying, drones and weed mapping as well as integrating telemetry and weather stations in broadacre cropping.

“We also have technologies that can analyse grain, plant and soil samples for their chemical properties on-farm using a small device in conjunction with their mobile phone.  

“This technology eliminates potentially long or inconvenient turnaround times for information and allow for immediate decision making.

“The speakers and demonstrators will highlight for producers the applications of different ag tech and how technology can optimise decision making while also save labour for farmers.” 

This project is supported by CWLLS, through funding from the Australian government’s national landcare program.

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