Making more informed sensor decisions for better farm management

Glenn J Fitzgerald1, Eileen M Perry2

1 Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, 110 Natimuk Rd, Horsham, VIC, 3400,, 2 Agriculture Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Cnr. Midland Hwy and Taylor Street, Epsom, VIC, 3551


Given the plethora of sensors and platforms (including UAVs) available for detection and identification of crop characteristics, how does a user decide what to use, when to use it and whether it has value? Questions include, how do you choose the right sensor and platform?, what is an NDVI anyway?, are UAVs useful for farm management? The presentation will discuss some of the caveats of using remote sensing using the spectral NDVI as an example of some issues that need to be understood and considered when using sensing information with the intent of increasing understanding for better decision making. Growers, agronomists, scientists and other users will be able to ask more informed questions of their service providers and understand what questions to ask when they design projects to get better value from sensor technology.


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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