WIMMERA farmers will use new technology to access sophisticated climate monitoring on their properties.
Telstra and AgTIDE have partnered to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) weather stations that will allow farmers to monitor and manage data - from the moisture, nutrient and acidity contents of soil, to weather patterns.
The trial project includes building 13 weather stations within 100 kilometres of Longerenong College for real-time monitoring.
The analytical data provided from the sensors installed at the weather station will enable farmers to make better decisions on farms. The data will also aid research and historical records.
Training sessions for stakeholders and farmers for the on-site trial will be at Longerenong College on Thursday.
Telstra regional general manager Steve Tinker said the session gave participants a chance to understand the technology and how they could make the most of the trial.
Mr Tinker said the project had been stably rolling out across the past three months, and the sensors had been installed in the past six weeks.
He said the overall project was initiated few years ago.
"Through the Wimmera Southern Mallee partnership, a concept came out to set-up this program called the AgTIDE, which was really around agricultural tech and particularly in the grains industry - making the Wimmera Southern Mallee a leader in the adoption and development of AgTIDE," he said.
Mr Tinker said the IoT weather stations were connected to Telstra's 4G network and used specialised spectrum for IoT that ensured regular data was uploaded to the cloud.
He said the weather stations could provide micro-climate forecasting at a farm level.
"Instead of looking at the big forecast that we have, it's able to give data about more localised area for that grower within that region," he said.
Mr Tinker said the forecasts would be available for five days.
The technology would be driven by hard data and intends to create "smart farms" by providing real-time knowledge.
Mr Tinker said given the base of the project was Longerenong College, the project would unlock number of "student capabilities".
"Not only are we looking at existing growers within the region, but also building capacity within our young growers and producers," he said.
Mr Tinker said the weather stations were one of the many elements of AgTIDE. He said more data-driven technology would be introduced at later stages, as the project progressed.
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