C Y O'Connor Institute is working in collaboration with the Farm Machinery and Industry Association towards the introduction of a series of workshops on the topic of Precision Agriculture.

The one-day programs are being designed at three levels of complexity to cater for the novice through to  the person who has considerable experience with precision agriculture and is wanting to improve yields using variable rate technologies, telematics and so on.

Managing director, John Scott, said the Institute had identified a well- respected industry professional from the central Wheatbelt to deliver the programs which it hopes will commence in October.

"We anticipate the cost being around $300 for the day, which includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch. The programs are likely to be delivered at either WA College of Agriculture - Cunderdin or the Muresk Institute. To test the strength of the market, we are thinking of scheduling three, level one (basic) programs in October," he said.

The level one programs would focus on the following: Introduction to GPS - where it started and where it is now; where and when GPS is used; basic overview of different GPS systems; integration of GPS into precision farming;  visual guidance systems and applications - where they fit in for different jobs; auto steer systems and their applications; basic overview of control systems relevant to boom spray, seeder, spreader, etc; integration of GPS into control systems and yield monitoring.

"We hope to be in a position to finalise details of the program in time to make a public announcement at the Annual General Meeting of the Farm Machinery and Industry Association on  July12," Mr Scott said.

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