Australia’s first fully-automated farm to be built in Adelaide

Charles Sturt University is set to become the home to Australia’s first fully automated commercial farm, in a new high-tech collaboration with Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre.

The university and research centre will partner to build the Global Digital Farm, a ‘hands-free’ farm that will develop and operate fully autonomous machinery including robotic tractors, harvesters, survey equipment and drones. Artificial intelligence will also be used to inform management decisions around sowing, dressing, and harvesting.

“This ambitious and unique project will arm Australia’s primary industries workforce with knowledge and technology in crucial fields like data analytics, geospatial mapping, remote sensing, machine learning and cybersecurity,” said Charles Sturt University Professor of Food Sustainability, Niall Blair.

“The Global Digital Farm will utilise Charles Sturt University’s world-class research and development capability in agriculture space to help ensure the next generation of Australia’s farmers at the forefront of innovation.”

“Full automation is not a distant concept, there are already mines in the Pilbara operated entirely through automation,” said Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre Chief Executive Officer, Richard Norton. “It won’t be too many years before technology will take farmers out of the field, and immerse them in the world of robotics, automation and artificial intelligence.”

The project will be located at agrisciences, research and business park, AgriPark’s 1900 ha farm at the university’s Wagga Wagga campus.

The requisite data, telecommunication and other digital infrastructure required for the project will be developed and built during the next three years.

Source: Charles Sturt University | Look, hands-free: Australia’s first fully-automated farm to be built at Charles Sturt in Wagga Wagga

31 May 2021

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