eConnected Grainbelt Project

The eConnected Grainbelt Project is pleased to announce formal approval has been granted to extend the project by 12 months, with a new end date of 30 June, 2019.

The project is currently working on extending the eConnected Project Service Agreements with all 11 eConnected Grower Groups for a further 12 months.

This means that the eConnected Grower Groups will have the opportunity to continue holding eDemonstration (eDemo) events on digital tools for decision-making till 30 June, 2019.

Anyone interested in finding out more about upcoming eDemo events should contact the eConnected Grower Group closest to them (details and links listed below).

The project is also looking to extend all weather station and soil moisture probe lease agreements with individual farmers, for at least the next 12 months.

Technology plays an integral role in ensuring our State’s agricultural sector remains profitable and sustainable.

DPIRD’s eConnected Grainbelt Project, funded by the State Government, is continuing to work on promoting the availability of information and Ag-tech tools across the grains industry.

Continuing to raise the awareness of the tools and assisting WA growers and consultants improve their technological skill levels is enabling growers to make more profitable decisions tailored to their farm businesses, and in turn leading to improved profits.

Further, the project has recently moved into Phase Two, with the new and important focus areas of regional connectivity, through engagement, and the possibilities of shared data.

With the recent merge of three State Government departments into the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), our eConnected team is now part of the Digital Connectivity team. The Digital Connectivity team is working hard to improve digital connectivity throughout WA’s regions. 

Further, the eConnected project is starting to move forward into the data control and accessibility space, particularly in terms of investigating methods currently being implemented with regards to the sharing of agricultural data and the related benefits to those involved.

We are continuing to meet our objectives by –

  • increasing the awareness, understanding and use of Ag-tech tools to improve decision-making by grain growers and their consultants;
  • supporting policy development and industry strategies for partnering and funding improved infrastructure to address ‘to-farm’ connectivity; and
  • working with collaborators to initiate and facilitate an industry approach to an open information ecosystem allowing for better flow of information between grain growers, their consultants, suppliers, buyers, researchers, suppliers of weather data and other industry participants.

The team is also looking at the project’s longevity and considering its important legacy.

To find out more about the project keep reading below, find us on Facebook or Twitter or give us a shout-out on social media via #eConnectedWA.

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Getting Value from Farm Data Networks

As part of the successful Getting Value from Farm Data Networks grower group forum at Technology Park, Bentley, four high quality speakers presented to about 70 attendees. Read more

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Speak with the eConnected team

Since the project’s well received grower group forum – Getting Value from Farm Data Networks ­– which was held in December, the eConnected project continues to have a strong presence at industry events. 

eConnected representatives attended the recent 2018 GRDC Research Updates and Wagin Woolorama. Team members continue to feature and promote eConnected and related agricultural tools to assist growers and consultants get up to speed with the latest agricultural technology available and learn how it could positively assist their businesses.

Look out for an eConnected team member who will be available to speak with regarding how Ag-tech tools can work for you, at the upcoming 2018 Mingenew, Dowerin and Newdegate Field Days. 

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Decision support tools

The aim of the eConnected Grainbelt Project is to make a real difference to growers’ businesses and the grains industry.

The project team has developed a series of state-of-the-art tools to help you grow your farm business and help you raise your profits.

DPIRD-developed tools available, include - Read more

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New Application Programming Interfaces released

The department has now released six new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). This includes the recently released - Organisms, Pestfax Map, Soils and Science APIs. These accompany the Weather API and the Radar API, which were previously available.

According to Wikipedia, an API is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components. An API can make it easier to develop a computer program by providing all the building blocks, which are then put together by the programmers.

An API may be for a web-based system, operating system, database system, computer hardware or software library.

For further information on our latest APIs, please visit our Weather API or Radar API webpages.

More details may also be found on our general API page.

If you have further suggestions or queries please do not hesitate to provide feedback.

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Attend an eDemonstration (eDemo) site event

Using technology will empower you with information and decision-making tools to manage risks and boost the profitability and sustainability of your grain production business.

To help WA grain growers, the eConnected Grainbelt Project teamed up with 11 grower groups around the state to host eDemonstration (eDemo) sites.

Each site holds regular events. These events provide you with the opportunity to try relevant Ag-tech decision support tools, systems and applications first-hand to see how they can benefit your business.

Team members will be on site at these events to assist you as you learn the particulars of various Ag-tech tools.

To find out when the eDemo site closest to you is holding its next event, please contact your local eConnected Grower Group, from the list below.

eConnected Grower Groups hosting eDemo sites  –

Corrigin Farm Improvement Group, Corrigin;

Facey Group, Wickepin; **

Far East Agricultural Research Group (FEAR), Moorine Rock;

Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group (MADFIG), Merredin;

Mingenew Irwin Group (MIG), Mingenew;

South East Premium Wheat Growers Association (SEPWA), Esperance;

Southern Dirt, Kojonup (includes West Arthur Hub, Darkan);

Stirlings to Coast Farmers, Mount Barker and Gillamii Centre, Cranbrook;

West Midlands Group, Dandaragan;

Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management (NRM), Northam; and

Yuna Farm Improvement Group, Yuna.

** Facey Group have provided us with copies of the videos on each of their key presenters from their recent eConnected eDemo event. You can view the videos by clicking on the links below, via each presenter’s name.

- Annie Brox

- Ben Congdon

- Christiaan Valentine

- Darren Mottolini

- Josh Johnson

- Leanne Wiseman

- Michael Ford

- Professor Simon Cook

- Ryan Walker

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eDemonstration sites explained

To gain meaningful feedback on decision support tools, systems and technologies, we are working with our 11 eConnected grower groups and consultants who host the 11 eConnected Demo sites, located throughout the WA Grainbelt.

Each eDemo site is a place where growers, consultants and industry representatives may get together to learn about, compare and contrast all of the decision support tools, systems and technologies available to them.

These technologies are already proving successful in terms of better decision-making leading to improved outcomes on the farm. This agricultural technology is clearly empowering growers through the provision of required information, and through the accessibility of tools that allow them to manage risks and boost grain production.

In addition, each eDemo site is fully instrumented with an automatic weather station and soil moisture probes.

You can visit specific grower group’s local weather stations by accessing our interactive weather stations map.

With the click of a button you may search this map to access the rainfall information for your farm, drilling right down to specific paddocks, and receive your local results in a timely, detailed manner.

You may also access the data from your local grower group’s eConnected soil moisture probe via OutPost Central.

If you would like to know more about our project, any of the tools or are interested in being involved with this exciting initiative, please do not hesitate to contact eConnected Grainbelt Project Manager Darren Gibbon on W: (08) 9368 3406 or E: darren.gibbon@dpird.wa.gov.au.

* Please note: Ag-tech tools may have been developed by DPIRD or a third party.

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Contact details

If you have any further queries please email the eConnected Grainbelt Project team – E: eConnectedGrainbelt@dpird.wa.gov.au or call team member Samantha Scott (Communications) on W: (08) 9368 3748.

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Page last updated: Friday, 10 August 2018 - 11:08am

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Samantha Scott