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Jonathan Dyer

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner


Jonathan Dyer, from Kaniva in Victoria, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Rural Finance Corporation. He investigated 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 used 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 wanted 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 visited the USA, Canada, Germany and South Africa on his travels.

Location: Kaniva, Victoria
Scholarship report: click to view
Returning Scholar presentation: watch video
Returning Scholar profile:
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