"A way forward" in farming

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A new age of farming in Tasmania is looking bright, according to industry professionals.

Innovation is on display for all to see at Agfest in 2017, according to industry professionals. 

AgriWebb manager Kelly Barnes said the stereotypical-farmer image is a thing of the past because digital technology on farms is now the norm.

iPads are now recording and monitoring livestock, drones are overseeing production, and irrigation systems are controlled through wifi. 

AgriWebb - one of Australia’s major farm management apps - incorporates digital technology into the agricultural sector.

 “Digitising farm records allows you to make decisions based on the information that you record,” she said, adding that its a proven way to improve productivity.

“There’s a lot of production gains to be made through measuring stock. The app is easy to use and straightforward which you can use as you go, while offline”.

Farmers who adapt to current innovations in the agricultural industry should reap the rewards, said Scott Aldridge of Irrigiation Tasmania.

“The last few years we’ve really seen a way forward (in digital innovations)… with the internet the way it is now, everything is web-based”, he said. “The cost of production is higher for those (who aren’t implementing digitised innovations), and they’ll eventually get pushed out”.

Adopting digital methods of farming may soon become a staple of all farms, as many farms are now being mapped with plotted GPS data to ease production.

Mapping farms is an effective way of providing a in-depth view of a farms infrastructure, said to Peter Harrison of Farm Mapping Services.

“Farm mapping is popular among the younger generation," he said. "Sooner or later I believe there’ll be legislation demanding that all farms incorporate mapping”.