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Event Date: 12th September 2016

What a fantastic event we hosted this year in Toowoomba Queendland!

Couldnt make it, our event proceedings are now available for download. Powerpoint presentations are now available below. 

The annual PA Symposium provided an opportunity for all PA enthusiasts  to LEARN, SHARE, CONNECT and BE INSPIRED.

The latest developments in agricultural technology were showcased from researchers, consultants and great farmer case studies. Held over two days, the forum was a must for the innovative!

DATE: The 19th PA event has a date set for Monday12th and Tuesday 13th September.

TIME: The day started at 12noon with registration lunch, and concluded with Lunch on Tuesday.

Our key note speaker: Ms Lisa Prassack

Lisa Prassack is known for her fresh, unique perspective and dynamic presentations. Her message comes from real life in the trenches agriculture and food systems experience. Join Lisa Prassack where she'll bring expertise translating customer needs into big data applications for informed decisions.  Download her report "The Value of Weather Data for Agronomic Decision Support System" 

Follow her on twitter @LisaPrassack


The latest presentations from a wide range of growers, researchers and advisors from across Australia using and studying PA technology, showing how PA can be used to improve the management of cropping, and other agricultural industries.

·Presentations on the latest research and developments including field robotics (Swarm Farm), UAVs and remote sensing.

·Real examples from growers and advisors of how PA technologies improve the management of grain, livestock, sugar, rice, horticulture and other agricultural crops.
·Satellite sensing, uavs, weed management, spatial decision tools, data management and MORE!

Our presenters powerpoints are now available online. Click on their titles to view;

Does optimum surface landforming offer PAs highest ROI? David Cox

UAV mapping of rhizoctonia root rot for targetted treatment Andrea Hills

Remote sensing options for predicitng rice biomass & nitrogen uptake Brian Dunn

PA on-farm in the SA Mallee Wade Nickolls

SwarmFarm William McCarthy

PPMS: Cattle and Pasture production data without the sweat Sally Liego

Multi-temporal remote sensing for yield prediction in sugar crops Moshiur Rahman

Camera-based plant sensing & irrigation control for broadacre cropping Alison McCarthy

Big Data applications for informed decisions Lisa Prassack

Automated analysis of UAV imagery for crop scouting Cheryl McCarthy

Understanding yield variation in tree crops through satelitte remote sensing Andrew Robson

101 ways to make PA work in Queensland vegetables Sarah Limpus

PA in vegetable cropping - our journey so far Ed Windley

AgDNA Paul Turner

Recent developments in sugarcan yield monitoring Troy Jensen

Changing with time Denis Pozzebon

New technologies for airborne pest and disease surveillance Rohan Kimber

Targetting N to productivity zones Frank D'Emden

PA on Coondarra St John Kent

Progress on Biomass Business - pasture biomass measurement tools Karl Andersson 

There was plenty to see in the trade exhibition area and networking sessions


a) PA Connection - a free networking mixer on Monday evening - FREE

b) Symposium dinner - a 2 course dinner on Monday evening ($75 ph). 

c) Industry farm tour - All day Wednesday visit a number of farms successfully using PA ($30). These events depart the City Golf at 7.30am and return at 4pm. Chose  between grain tours visiting 2 farms or vegetable tour visiting 3 properties. 

d) Toowomba tour - Visit Uni of Southern Queensland PA research group ($10). Afternoon tea provided. 

e) Enjoy a round of Golf at the venue (as per venue)

LOCATION: This years venue is the Toowoomba City Golf Club, Qld

EVENT FEES: Not a member of SPAA, well now is the perfect time to sign up, we have a special meaning you can join and attend the #PASymposium16 for less than the non-member rate. Download the registration form here




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PA Connections (Monday evening prior to dinner 5.30pm til 7pm)


Symposium Dinner (Monday evening  7-10pm)


NCEA tour (Tues 13th Sept – 2-5pm)


Broadacre Farm field tour (Wednesday 14th all day) visiting StJohn Kent and Peter Black properties


Intensive Hort/ veg Farm field tour (Wed 14th all day) visiting AusVeg Grower of the year Rob Hinrichsen, Ed Windley and Windolfs farms. 


Join or renew your SPAA membership and attend the conference at cheaper than the non-member rate


PROGRAM: Is now available. Download here

EVENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA: on twitter make sure you use the event hashtag #PASympoisum16 and be cnnected pre-during and post event. 

SPONSORSHIP: Trade exhibits packages are now available. Download the prospectus here. 

INVITATION TO SPEAK: Do you have a passion for your PA work, your research, your inovation, your farm experiences using PA. Have you considered speaking at this premier agricultural event. Click here to download the speaker abstract application. Submissions are due Monday 6th July. NOW CLOSED

Importantly is the networking and engagement with the PA fraternity. Be sure to check out our event sponsors, who make ours the best PA  event around. Thanks for your support.

Further sponosrship opportunties are available. 

With funding from SAGIT,  SA Farmer Wade Nickolls from Pinnaroo will be sponsored to present his PA journey. 

With funding from the Condamine Alliance, six (6) lucky farmers from the Darling Downs catchment can apply to attend this years event and a SPAA membership.This competition is now closed. Six lucky farmers will be attending #PASymposium16. 

Important info to get you to the 19th PA Symposium:

Getting there

Depending on your budget, there are numerous options to get yourself and participate in our conference.

19th Precision Agriculture Symposium 2016 SymposiumProceedings (4.16 MB)

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