LandWISE 2018: Technologies for Timely Actions

23 May 2018 - 24 May 2018 — 8:00AM - 4:00PM

Havelock North Function Centre, 30 Te Mata Road, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay

Join lead farmers and growers, researchers and tech developers to see how agtech is and can be applied on farm.
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The sixteenth Annual LandWISE AgTech Conference addresses the topic of “Technologies for Timely Actions”.

-How can managers and other decision makers get the information they need, process it, and decide what to do?

-What is the information they need?

-What tools help them make sense of it?

-What’s available (or coming) to make it as easy and reliable as possible to do the right thing, in the right place at the right time?

It’s not just computer stuff: a new quick Nitrate test promises rapid determination of available N while standing in the paddock – considerable help when deciding “do I put more now or can I hold off?” Combine that with smart crop zoning (that does involve computing) and maybe we can lift quality and reduce impacts.

2018 also sees the final year of our SFF Onions NZ project drawing to a close and there will be a focus on that. We think there are lessons that can apply to other crops too.

LandWISE has been awarded three significant new projects. We’ll be launching them at the LandWISE Conference on the 23 – 24th May 2018 in Havelock North.

The LandWISE Conference is recognised as a key learning and networking opportunity each year. Come and hear from and debate with overseas and local presenters, engage in practical demonstrations at the MicroFarm, and swap ideas and experiences with agtech leaders.




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  • Agriculture
  • Automation
  • Internet of Things
  • Meet-up
  • Research
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Crop physiologist Bruce Searle leads the Plant & Food team researching onion crop development and modelling. The collaboration with LandWISE has combined detailed plot scale work with whole paddock surveys to help Onions New Zealand growers understand the drivers of crop variability.
Conference convener Dan will present a range of LandWISE precision agriculture research projects and case studies covering nitrogen management, precision drainage, canopy mapping and enhanced GPS signals.
Keynote Dan Drost is a vegetable researcher and extension specialist from Utah State University. One of our invited international speakers, he is being bought to New Zealand in conjunction with Onions NZ and Plant and Food Research to discuss sustainable production systems.
Sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) offer timely decision making around disease modelling, spray-application, irrigation control and frost-fighting. But if we are going to make decisions on the basis of networks of sensors, an important question is: ‘How good are the data?’
Matty co-founded Hectre, a company developing and offering orchard management software. From launch, Hectre has expanded to NZ and Australia and helped track over 50,000,000 apples in its first 10 weeks of operation.
Tasmanian farmer, Michael Nichols grows a wide range of crops. Michael is using NDVI crop images to improve and even up yields with variable rate spreader applications. Importantly he is verifying the results using yield data, data that show world leading wheat yields.
Acuris Systems is developing orchard management systems that provide robotics, data capture and analytics for kiwifruit growers, to detect disease, forecast yield and increase grower knowledge of their orchard and its variability.
From Tasmania, through New Zealand to Cornell, Sarah's career focuses on vegetable disease management. She will describe leading techniques and technologies to help optimise control tools, and reducing the frequency of false positive or negative decisions.
Will “DroneAg” Bignell is a farmer and agricultural scientist who has worked across a number of disciplines ranging from a PhD in enhancing omega-3 in sheep meat to flying drones commercially. He uses high accuracy UAV photogrammetry for precision drainage design.
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