Steve Young Trial Progress

Region: Mackay

Who: Steve Young

Location: Sandy Creek

To use low cost sensors on haul-out vehicles to produce cane yield maps to further improve the availability and accuracy of VR maps to growers

Using harvester yield data would greatly improve the accuracy of remote sensing data and give growers the added confidence to apply variable rate nutrients. However, the development of accurate and reliable harvester yield monitors has been plagued with false hopes and high expense with very little uptake from the general growing community.

This project seeks to explore opportunities to develop low cost and reliable yield monitors to be installed onto haulout vehicles. Data will be collated and analysed to produce effective yield maps that growers can utilise to develop variable rate nutrient maps.