WA IoT DecisionAg Grant Program

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Fifteen projects have shared in $582,800 in funding through the eConnected Grainbelt Project’s WA Internet of Things (IoT) DecisionAg Grant Program.

This initiative is designed to assist in overcoming challenges that remain with regards to on-farm connectivity.

Eight grower groups and five agricultural schools/ colleges have been successful in receiving grants, as outlined in the table below.

Recipients WA IoT DecisionAg grants - Grower Groups

Grant Recipients

Grant Details

Funding amount

Corrigin Farm Improvement Group

Utilising weather data, frost sensors and NPK Soil Moisture probes for in-season management

$39,900

Lake Grace Development Association (LIFT)

Farm wide Wi-Fi Network: LIFT-ing awareness of IoT technologies

$45,000

Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group (MADFIG) - 1

Broadband in the paddock: it's possible

$45,000

Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group (MADFIG) - 2

The Digital Rain Gauge Network Project

$45,000

Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG) Remote sensing for increased efficiency and productivity $44,200
Moore Catchment Council Agricultural sensor on farm practicality $20,000
South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA, Esperance) Putting data to use: the utilisation of on-farm sensors $39,770
Stirlings to Coast - 1 Smart Farming (Cropping) Demonstration Site $45,000
Stirlings to Coast - 2 Smart Farming Demonstration Site Pasture and Cropping Systems $45,000
Yuna Farm Improvement Group Measure of soil plant available water for improved tactical cropping decision making to maximise profit $39,690
Esperance Senior High School Esperance Farm Training Centre: AgTech Infrastructure Solution $5461
WA College of Agriculture  Cunderdin Cunderdin AgConnect $35,000
WA College of Agriculture - Morawa Developing on-farm IoT technology at the WA College of Agriculture – Morawa $44,650
Kiara College Kiara College Pastoral Improvement Program $44,512
Edmund Rice College (Bindoon) Supporting training and education in on-farm technologies $44,650

The recipients' combined projects, which include co-contributions, are worth about $1.3 million.

The on-farm connectivity network solutions on host-farms include both low and high bandwidth technologies with Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) using the LoRaWAN and SigFox communication protocols, and higher bandwidth 3G/4G mobile network, mesh networks, and on-farm Wi-Fi networks.  

A range of IoT apps and devices were chosen to be utilised and the projects included varied uses such as water tank monitoring and security cameras.

The recipients are currently demonstrating these technologies over multiple farm properties, within grower groups, across a large 16,000 ha property and on agricultural school farms.

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Background

State Government funding under eConnected's IoT grants program was allocated, in 2019, for on-farm trials to improve on-farm connectivity, to test connected digital agricultural technologies and software platforms to collect, store and analyse data.

This is allowing successful applicants to trial on-farm telecommunications network solutions, decision tools and analytic data platforms essentially assisting growers to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

WA grower groups, agricultural colleges and schools with agricultural programs were encouraged to apply for funding under this initiative.

The IoT grants program complements work the eConnected Grainbelt Project is undertaking to establish digitally connected sites at the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD) Katanning and Merredin Research facilities.

Please direct any queries to eConnectedGrainbelt@dpird.wa.gov.au

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eConnected Grainbelt

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EConnected Grainbelt