Title

An evaluation of Methodologies for eAgriculture in an Australian Context

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

International Association for the Scientific Knowleldge

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Computer and Security Science

RAS ID

9149

Comments

This article was originally published as: Armstrong, L. , & Diepeveen, D. (2009). An evaluation of methodologies for eAgriculture in an Australian context. Proceedings of E-Activity and Leading Technologies. (pp. 84-89). Seville, Spain. International Association for the Scientific Knowledge.

Abstract

Australian agricultural producers’ profits are dependent on the decisions they make about farm productivity systems. They may use recommendations and information provided by government agencies and private consultants. For cereal growers, success is dependent on decisions made about selection of crop varieties suitable for their agronomic and climatic conditions. This paper reports on research which aimed to evaluate some current eAgriculture methodologies for their application in the Western Australian agricultural industry. In particular the paper illustrates the findings from a project which aimed to explain the variability seen in crop varieties grown in Western Australia. The problems associated with crop variability have been recognised by crop researchers for many years. However it is only through recent advances in computer technology, and the application of large-scale data mining techniques and tools, that it has been possible to address the complexity of these environments. Western Australia environments are unique in that agricultural practices are greatly influenced by water/rainfall, soil and its land use. By applying data mining techniques and tools to information which is publicly available to growers, researchers can identify the major sources of variability which in turn can be used by growers as part of their risk management strategies.

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