PAT: Accessible tools for precision agriculture data analysis

Christina Ratcliff 1*, David Gobbett 1, Rob Bramley 1

1 CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Locked Bag
2, Glen Osmond, South Australia, 5064 *,


PAT – Precision Agriculture Tools is a ‘plugin’ for QGIS, a free and open-source desktop geographic information system. PAT provides a suite of tools for processing and analysing precision agriculture (PA) datasets. The need for accessible and easy to use PA data processing tools has been demonstrated by survey data showing that whilst many growers have access to PA data, such as through yield monitors, a relatively small proportion of growers use these data in making management decisions. The PAT plugin is the culmination of many years of PA tool development, and includes tools for basic data preparation and map generation, as well as powerful tools for analysis of on-farm trials and experiments.


The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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David Marland Photography Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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