Online Farm Trials (OFT) – the past, present and future

Nathan Robinson1,2, Peter Dahlhaus1, Paul Feely1, Kate Light1, Andrew MacLeod1, Rob Milne1, Julie Parker1, Helen Thompson1, Judi Walters1, Ben Wills1

1 Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia, Ballarat, Vic, 3350, www.cerdi.edu.au,
2 Corresponding author: n.robinson@federation.edu.au 

Abstract:

Online Farm Trials (OFT) (www.farmtrials.com.au) is a free web-based resource and trial discovery system that contains more than 7,100 trials from 76 different organisations from across Australia. Since its inception in 2013, OFT has developed via a collaborative approach with grower groups, research organisations, agricultural experts and grains industry organisations. This ensures the outcomes are highly relevant, practical and beneficial for growers. Users can view, analyse and export grains research data as well as compare trials based upon historical, geographic and crop-specific search filters. Current developments include seasonally relevant collections of trials to highlight priority topics and aid on-farm decision making. To meet the future needs of industry stakeholders, system developments are planned to include expanded trial research information access, foster innovation through publishing and promoting active trials and enhance trial data standards and quality.

Host

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 david_marland@hotmail.com Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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