SMART Farm partners and projects

Major partners

  • Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)
  • Boeing Defence
  • Australian State Governments — Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia
  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • 9 universities.

Research Snapshots

Research projects

Biomass Business II
Developing applications for mobile devices such as smart phones for farmers to monitor and manage pasture biomass.

Multi-scale monitoring tools for managing Australian tree crops — industry meets innovation
National tree project to develop technology that audits the type, location and number of trees.

Determining the potential of virtual fencing for application to grazing livestock
Virtual fencing for flexible, real-time control of livestock distribution.

Optimum N — Nitrogen sensing and management
Nitrogen sensing and management using automatically-coordinated measurements to generate a growth strategy for cropping.

UAV automated surveillance of in-field hotspots for improved management
Low-cost, high quality 3D crop monitoring using drones.

SMART Farm Landscape Laboratory
Establishing the UNE SMART Farm as a ‘landscape laboratory'.

UAV platform for testing new sensor technologies in precision agriculture
Building applications for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to support field data collection, new sensor development and image-calibration work involving satellite and aerial images.

PhD Animal Science project:
Paige Matthews is currently undertaking her PhD in Animal Science on one of our SMART Farms - Trevanna, researching the effectiveness of guardian animals.