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Precision farming to transform Australian landscape

Australia: Professor Wayne Meyer from the University of Adelaide claimed that Australia is on the cusp of the biggest transformation of its farming landscape since the arrival of Europeans. He stated that the precision agriculture and soil mapping will allow farmers to be more selective with the way they use their land, which means less land will be used for broadacre crops, leaving more land available for carbon planting and biodiversity protection.

“We’ll actually farm to the intrinsic land capability and that means that we’ll end up with not straight lines in terms of what lines look like, but they’ll start to become more like a mosaic,” Prof Meyer said.

“There will be specific areas where there’ll be high producing and highly responsive areas for crop production and animal production, together with areas where we’ve got biodiversity protection, carbon plantings and connectivity of corridors around the landscape.”

In addition, Prof. Meyer observed farmers are starting to consider what else they can do with sections of their property that aren’t productive for cropping. “Rather than farming on average, we’ll farm to land capability at a level of precision and a level of scale that we’ve never been able to do before.”

Source: ABC