Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4411 IREC Farmers' Newsletter No. 197 — Autumn 2017 The cross-commodity event is a collaboration between IREC, Deakin University and Murrumbidgee Landcare Inc. It is designed as a forum to share new knowledge on drones and technology with irrigators, industry, researchers, educators, agencies and government. Learn from the experts The event’s keynote speaker, John Sulik, is a remote sensing applications specialist. Hailing from Seattle, USA, John will travel to the Riverina to discuss practical ways to use drones on farm. Dr John Hornbuckle from Deakin University will present case studies that show how drones are used for disease, weed, water and nitrogen management in a variety of crops, as follows: l  disease – powdery mildew in grapes l  weeds – broadacre cereals l  water – irrigation management in cotton and almonds l  nitrogen – nitrogen management in rice. Case studies will show how the use of drones and specialised agricultural cameras can be used to monitor nitrogen in crops for variable rate technology (VRT) with examples from both the rice and cotton industries being shown. A case study showing powdery mildew monitoring and management in grapevines will also feature on the day and as well as disease and nutrient monitoring in almonds. Irrigation management will also feature in the case studies with examples of drones being used across these industries to improve water management. A mix of technology on the agenda The aim of the Drone and Technology Day is to provide growers and participants with up-to-date information about innovations that can be integrated into on-farm operations. The day will also place the lens on future research — and consider what’s in store for growers in the next decade. The afternoon agenda will highlight a mix of technology currently being developed by Deakin University and explore how it can be used practically, on farm. These technologies include: l  virtual reality l software technology innovation l  robotic haptics l  lab on a chip – testing for avian influenza. Program outline 8-9am Registration and morning tea in exhibition area 9am – 12pm Murrumbidgee Landcare Drone conference 12 – 1pm Lunch in exhibition area 1 – 1.30pm Deakin University presents Virtual Reality 1.30 – 2pm Deakin Software Technology Innovation Laboratory 2 – 2.30pm Deakin University presents Robotic Haptics 2.30 – 3pm Deakin University presents Lab on a Chip – testing for avian influenza 3 – 4pm Panel/Workshop Session 4pm Happy hour and drone giveaway in exhibition area *Program is subject to change without notice Registrations Registrations are now open for the 2017 Drone and Technology Day: IREC Member: $35.00 Non-member: $70.00 Student: $25.00 Where: Yoogali Club, Griffith, NSW When: Thursday, 29 June 2017 Further information Please contact Hayley at IREC if you would like to register, or would like more information: T: 02 6963 0936 E: irec@irec.org.au Drone giveaway! All event participants will have the chance to win a new drone, thanks to Rise Above Custom Drone Solutions. Details on how to enter will be explained at registration on the morning of the event. Please note that terms and conditions apply. A range of technologies will be featured throughout the day.