Farmers to get look at future on tour

Robotic technology in the agricultural industry will be among the highlights of a bus tour for farmers.
Robotic technology in the agricultural industry will be among the highlights of a bus tour for farmers. Contributed

FARMERS will soon have the opportunity to see what the South Burnett and neighbouring regions have to offer in terms of farming technology.

The Burnett Mary Regional Group will next month host a bus tour for croppers and people working in the grain growing industry.

Tour organiser Michelle Haase said the two-and-a-half-day tour would start in Bundaberg and head through Kingaroy, Kumbia, the Bunya Mountains, Oakey and Jimbour.

She said it would explore the use of smart technology in agriculture, decision making processes and putting precession agriculture into practice.

"We are heading to the Bunya Mountains for our first night accommodation via a project at Kumbia that has run a trial to restore carbon in cropping land," Ms Haase said.

"We're hoping to stop at the QDAF Kingaroy Research Station where we are going to learn about the benefit of deep placement fertiliser which increases the uptake of the fertiliser of the plant and the losses of fertiliser into the atmosphere, thereby in theory reducing emissions.

"Then we are heading down to Jimbour where we are meeting with a farmer who has implemented a whole range of precision agriculture practices."

The tour then heads to Oakey, before returning to Jimbour for the Precision Ag Field Day.

Ms Haase said a highlight of the field day would be a live demonstration of SwarmFarm robotic technology by founder Andrew Bate.

SwarmFarm utilises robotic and drone technology to perform cropping and harvesting.

"The tour is for farmers, croppers, farmers in horticulture interested in technology and precision agriculture," she said.

Burnett Mary Regional Group member Sheila Charlesworth said the tour offered value to local growers.

"Tours like this are an opportunity to get out and about to see how the industry is utilising the latest research results and technological advances in other areas," she said.

The tour begins on March 13 and costs $75 per person, including all meals and accommodation. For more information phone BMRG on 41812999.

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