Nuffield Australia 2014 Scholarship winner
Ben Boughton, from Moree in New South Wales, received a 2014 Nuffield Scholarship, supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Ben researched the potential of Unmanned Aerial/Ground Vehicles (UAV/UGV) for the grains industry.
With his wife, Ben works in his family’s business, Gilroy Farms, which is a dryland cropping enterprise producing wheat, barley, chickpeas and sorghum. Cropping a total of 2000 hectares, Ben is involved in management decisions, including agronomy and investment, and day-to‐day farm operations.
Ben believes while there is much value for the grains industry in accessing precise data for better paddock management, collecting this data is expensive, time consuming and often confusing.
He says UAV’s and UGV’s offer huge potential in all agricultural enterprises, but particularly in grains.
“This data could be used in applications such as weed and disease monitoring, water movement and vegetation mapping, facilitating variable rate fertiliser application and yield forecasting,” Ben explains.
Ben visited the USA, Europe, and Brazil to conduct his research.
Location: Moree, New South Wales
Mobile: 0428 548 688
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