Armidale event Science in the Paddock to focus on local technology for local agriculture

GUEST: Peter Cull of ICT International will be one of the speakers at Science in the Paddock this month.

GUEST: Peter Cull of ICT International will be one of the speakers at Science in the Paddock this month.

USING local scientific solutions to work with plants and animals will be the topic of an event in Armidale this month.

Science in the Paddock to explore how locally made scientific instruments can be used in local agriculture, such as optimising plant water use and species selection.

Shane Andrews from Southern New England Landcare, the organisers, said the event was open to anyone in modern agriculture.

“Like in many other industries, agriculture is moving fast when it comes to new technologies that are changing the way we work with plants and animals,” Mr Andrews said.

“Keeping abreast of these changes is essential if we are to continue being effective.”

The topics will include plant function, water response and growth, impacts of soil condition on plant establishment, sap flow monitoring and psychrometry, and tree monitoring in practice.

What is sap flow? Michael Forster from ICT International explains.

The presenters will include Peter Cull and Ben Umali from Armidale-based ICT International, which produces precision agricultural solutions and wireless sensor networks. 

“These instruments have applications in horticulture, viticulture, agroforestry and groundwater-dependent ecosystems and this event will be of interest to anyone studying or working in the agricultural and rural science space, including interested landholders and extension officers,” Mr Andrews said.

“We’d love to see as many students or practitioners of agricultural, rural or environmental science as possible attend the day.”

This event is part of the $25 million National Landcare Programme investment to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW.

  • Science in the Paddock will be held on July 26, 9am-3pm, at the Mike O’Keefe Woodland Centre, Armidale.
  • RSVP by July 21 at www.stickytickets.com.au/54885 or call 6772 9123 for more information.