Digital agriculture

The Internet of things is the next frontier to enhancing agricultural productivity, sustainability and profitability. Internet-connected devices are used on farms to monitor variables like soil moisture to help farmers make more informed farming decisions.

Mobile and internet connectivity in the agricultural sectors can provide farmers with valuable information on weather conditions, disease control and new methods of maximising crop yield, and enable livestock tracking.

The Victorian Government is running four 'Internet of Things' trials in key agricultural areas, covering Victoria's major agriculture sectors of dairy, broad-acre cropping, meat production and horticulture. The trials will investigate issues from the network level all the way through to end-user devices and machinery on-farm.

The knowledge gained through the trials will drive the Victorian Government's longer-term response to the opportunity of digital agriculture.

Agriculture Victoria has conducted a series of workshops, focus groups, interviews and research to determine requirements for the trial. Each region will have an IoT network established for industry and community use. Farms selected for device deployment and decision support software provision will be based on the specific agriculture industry being trialled in the region.

Map pinpointing locations of Victoria's On-Farm IoT Trial sites. Showing a grain trial at Birchip, horticulture trial at Tatura, sheep trial at Serpentine and a dairy trial at Maffra. A summary of the research, analysis and planning for the trials is provided in the attached report.

Page last updated: 4 June 2019