Precision Agriculture – tools to improve the accuracy of farming

Groundtruth staff have been applying the tools of precision agriculture through a range projects since 1997. Lately a number of sensors have been evaluated in a project led by Foundation for Arable Research in conjunction with Massey University. The idea behind this is to develop systems and define the economics of using real-time crop sensing for nitrogen fertiliser application in arable crops. A series of small plot and paddock scale trials were carried out.

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands project

The Wairarapa Moana Wetlands Project began in 2008 to enhance the native ecology, recreation and cultural opportunities on the public land in the area. The project partners are Greater Wellington, Department of  Conservation, Rangitane o Wairarapa, Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, local hapu and South Wairarapa District Council. They in turn are working with community groups, farmers and environmental and recreational groups to restore our wetland treasure. Everyone recognises you can’t succeed in a project this size without all interested parties being involved.