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Boyd Carter – 2018 Nuffield Scholar

Boyd Carter from Wubin in Western Australia receives a scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).

Boyd’s area of study focused on driverless vehicles in order to help growers to prepare for increased autonomous technology on-farm and use this as a case study into the adoption of technology in broad acre farming. He also aims to write a ‘how-to’ manual to help farmers incorporate this technology into their management practices. Boyd believes the only way to keep up with increased Asian demand for food production is to maximize outputs and adopting new technologies will help achieve this.

Boyd co-manages 12,000 hectares of owned and leased land in the eastern central wheat belt of WA which operates as a grain and sheep enterprise. The property comprises 9700ha cropping and transitioning to an opportunistic stocking program. With such large-scale broad acre cropping, Boyd aims to apply the findings of his research into robotic technology to his own business.

“I’m working towards preserving the image of the farming industry as a constantly improving enterprise by keeping up with technology. I believe creating a guide for farmers on how to transition to robotic technology will help to keep Australian agriculture ahead of the curve,” he said.

Boyd research other industries’ technology to see if it can be applied to agriculture. He to travel to Canada, North America, China, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to see homemade driverless tractors, visit machinery companies and machinery hubs, and to investigate the environmental and social impacts of robotic technology.

Phone: 0429 643 020
Email: boydfarming@live.com.au

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