In the 10 years since Western Australian farmer Phil Longmire completed his Nuffield Scholarship on increasing profitability through precision agriculture, the technology has come a long way but the motivations remain the same, writes Tom MCkenny on FarmOnline.com.au.
“We continue to aim to increase the profitability of our own farming operation in an environment of tightening margins, and precision farming solutions help us to make a big impact,” he said.
Longmire runs a continuous cropping enterprise east of Esperance, and he relies on six Case IH AFS Pro 700 displays and one FM 750 display on his fleet of machinery to manage herbicide resistance and improve the efficiency of his controlled traffic system.
“One of the strongest features for us is the ability to switch between tramline and boundary guidance auto-steer,” he said.
“We sow paddocks 1.3 metres out from the boundary.
“This level of accuracy is really important as we slash around the paddock to remove two sown rows just before harvest.
“This reduces the chance of resistant boundary weed seeds moving into the header and being spread over the full 12 metre first lap, and ensures that we don’t increase the chance of resistance spreading quickly.”