Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Jonathan Dyer, from Kaniva in Victoria, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Rural Finance Corporation. He will investigate the possibilities ‘Big Data’ creates for improving farm practice and profitability.
Jonathan is involved in a West Wimmera family farming artnership that specialises in broadacre grain production on approximately 2200 hectares. The family grows a mixture of bread and durum wheat, canola, lentils, faba beans and chickpeas in a continuous cropping rotation. They have invested heavily in on-farm storage and market grain off-farm to various domestic processors and grain exporters.
Jonathan will use his scholarship to focus on Big Data, which refers to the ability to capture and store large volumes of information and analyse it to solve complex problems and gain business insights.
“It is now possible to collect large amounts of sensory and spatial data on-farm at very little cost – some examples include weather data, harvest yield information, soil type maps, soil moisture and temperature probes and machinery performance data,” he explains.
While Jonathan believes Big Data can help farmers make better and more profitable decisions, he’d like to look at who owns the data farmers generate, and whether they can they take ownership of that data to create value from it.
Jonathan hopes to visit the USA, Canada, Germany and South Africa on his travels.
Location: Kaniva, Victoria
Mobile: 0423 269 798
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