Elders Presents: AgTech Virtual Series - Elders Rural Services

Elders Presents AgTech Horticulture series

Join Graham Page, Head of Technical Services and Head of Thomas Elder Consulting during the second installment of the Agtech presentations in this Elders Presents series.  Graham will be joined by specialists in the horticultural industry to present their topics and answer your questions throughout this live online event.

Date: Thursday 25 June 2020

Time: 6:30pm – 8pm (NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS), 6pm – 7:30pm (NT, SA), 4:30pm – 6pm (WA)

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Thomas Elder ConsultingUsing data to make better decisions

Presented by Roop Sandhu

Join Roop Sandhu, Horticulture Specialist for Thomas Elders Consulting who will challenge your thinking on when the season actually starts.

Roop will provide recommendations on how to review the past seasons successes and challenges to make recommendations for your future season. He will talk through how to utilise technological agricultural solutions and data to make better business decisions.

Hort InnovationDriving innovation of AgTech in horticulture

Presented by Anthony Kachenko

Anthony Kachenko from Hort Innovation will provide an update on several initiatives underway across Australian horticultural industries utilising technologies to address on farm production challenges.

His presentation will discuss the application of remote sensing to predict yield variability in tree crops as well as autonomous flower density mapping and tree canopy measurement to assist with variable rate autonomous spraying in apple orchards. He will also outline a new initiative underway to digitise and automate environmental management systems including certification programs across the nursery, vegetable, macadamia and banana industries.

Tie Up FarmingFarm management system for intensive horticulture

Presented by Roei Yaakobi

Hear from Roei Yaakobi from Tie Up Farming regarding the end-to-end software solution where the Smart Dashboard centralises the agribusiness’ data in the one place, allowing oversight of farm operations to help plan, manage, forecast and budget farm operation from planting to packing.

Roei can answer your questions regarding how the Smart Dashboard can allow you to visually map, track and forecast future harvests, record and manage day-to-day production activities and comply with Global Gap.

Thomas Elder ConsultingA goal without a plan is just a wish

Presented by Pete Breugem

Listen to Pete Breugem, Thomas Elders Consultant specialising in Farm Business management talk through how to assess where you want to take your business.  How do you focus in on the right questions to assess?  How do you harness your strengths and turn your weaknesses in to learning opportunities?

Pete will break down these questions and look at financial management and how that can be more structured within your overarching strategic plan. Look at your business holistically and set some objectives to achieve these goals this upcoming season.

Swan SystemsFarm management system using remote sensing

Presented by Tom Nelligan

We all know that water consumers are facing increasing economic, environmental, and social pressures to do more with less. They need to deliver greater efficiencies and accountability, all while managing larger areas, less staff and increased product specifications.

Hear from Tom Nelligan from SWAN regarding the software-as-a-service platform that provides an irrigation and nutrient management solution at scale to help you make data-driven, proactive decisions about the optimal quantity and timing of water and nutrient application. By harnessing multiple data streams, leveraging proprietary algorithms, and integrating with existing hardware, SWAN saves water, energy, and time. SWAN also protects against adverse environmental outcomes of nutrient leaching and runoff.

SentekRemote sensing soil moisture

Presented by Rob Stevens

Sentek is a global leader in soil moisture, based in South Australia they manufacture probes for both annual and perennial crops, and develop software for monitoring and analysis. Rob will present data examples from vegetables and tree crops, highlighting practices in irrigation scheduling that worked well, and some that could have done a little better!

By tracking soil water content through the root zone, growers can confidently make critical decisions on when and how much to irrigate.  He also dives into deeper insights into infiltration, root development, soil temperature and the movement of solutes to allow for precision crop management.


The event will run on Microsoft Teams. Download the how to get set up guide here.

The virtual event link will open half an hour prior to the start time.

Start times as follows: 6:30pm – 8pm (NSW, QLD, VIC, TAS), 6pm – 7:30pm (NT, SA), 4:30pm – 6pm (WA)