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Precision to Decision &


The Precision to Decision Project (P2D) and Point-Of-Difference (POD) Projects are a great opportunity for growers to understand their farm on a deeper level. The focus of the projects are to reduce DIN losses from our farming systems by not only using our inputs more effectively, but by also by understanding our constraints to yield and improve production and profitability.


To achieve these goals, we need to understand the soils and the variability within blocks. This way we can best tailor the nutritional requirements and varieties to individual soil types. 


The projects also ensure growers are equipped with N&P budgets for the upcoming year, in-line with reef regulations.  To do this we need accurate block polygons and the importance of calibrating our machinery is essential.  The projects also support growers with this using cutting edge technologies.


And most importantly, the projects are focused on providing a legacy to our participants for a long time after the project is finished through EM mapping, precision agriculture data sets, and a much better understanding of our farms.


Precision ag projects deliver value back to growers

Since 2021, the Precision Ag (PA) projects (P2D and POD) have and continue to provide unmatched value directly back to the growers in the Burdekin, Russell Mulgrave, and Mackay Whitsunday regions.

Almost 40,000 hectares have been engaged in the project to fast-track the growers’ journey with PA and provide data sets to make more informed decisions now and into the future. The project also ensures growers are equipped with N and P budgets for the upcoming year in line with reef regulations. And, most importantly, the project is focused on providing a legacy to our participants for a long time after the project is finished through EM mapping, precision agriculture data sets, and a much better understanding of our farms.


  Precision to Decision includes:

  • Up to 4 years of whole farm management planning

  • On-farm agronomic support

  • Soil mapping using the latest electromagnetic induction technology

  • Variable rate gypsum maps

  • Free additional soil samples to understand your farm better

  • Accurate farm block boundaries and areas using 4cm accurate RTK GPS

  • Crop plans containing variety and class analysis to ensure we have the best varieties for your farm

  • Satellite yield maps to identify issues with soakage (or other constraints) and know where our high and low productivity areas are

  • All current and historical soil tests spatially allocated so all your information is in one place

  • Calibration support and access to the Farmacist apps to make this task easy

  • Nutrient record keeping and audit support

  • Access to the Farmacist Connect App where record keeping is made easy


The Precision to Decision Project is set to run until June 2024.  Places are limited.  If you would like more information on the project, or want to be involved in next years intake, please contact your nearest Farmacist representative.


Variable rate ash application to address soil constraints

Andrew utilised datasets to understand his block's soil zones so he could apply mill ash to areas that needed it.


Growth Measurements and Mini-pans - A Case Study

Maximising the effectiveness of irrigation scheduling tools via daily crop growth measurements.


Supporting Growers to Adopt Precision Ag

Agronomist Jess Bennett talks to Mackay growers Phillip and Matthew Head about their involvement in the PA projects.


Point-Of-Difference Hydraulic Fertiliser Application 

This video demonstrates how simple it is to move to a hydraulic fertiliser system to  apply the correct rate of product. 


Support offered to project participants

Combined, POD & Bluewater projects provide participants with the supportfor GPS, fertiliser and chemical management.


Using Variable Rate Technology To Address Common Soil Constraints

In coastal cane-growing locations, paddock yield variability is a common occurrence.


Foliar Sampling As A Nutrient Management Strategy

Product selection, timing of application, rate & placement are important aspects to fertiliser efficacy & good productivity.


Benefits Of Timely Soil Mapping

The recommended time to EM map and soil sample apaddock is directly after harvest prior to any cultivation,unless major laser work is planned for the fallow.

Article - Sept 2022

Have Your Ratoons Had A Health Check?

It is more important than ever to keep your ratoon cane in good health to maintain strong yields.

Article - July 2022

Digging Deeper Into Soil Constraints

The Point-Of-Difference project provides funding to improve the understanding of and further investigate soil constraints.

Article - May 2022

Precision to Decision is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government's Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and Farmacist Pty Ltd.

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