Building a culture of innovation
Emerging agricultural technologies offer significant potential to enhance the sustainability and productivity of farming. However, many small agricultural producers are unable to gain an economic return on research and development, instead relying on universities and government research programmes to drive innovation in the sector. In Australia, this dynamic has resulted in a relatively small start-up or incubation culture for agricultural technology in commercial settings.
Recognising the opportunity to leverage their combined scale to trial and deploy new agricultural technologies, MIRA supported Lawson Grains and Viridis Ag as they partnered to create a technology incubation hub near the town of Moree in northern New South Wales.
Established in 2019, the hub operates across Lawson Grain’s Kealandi property and Viridis Ag’s Oodnadatta Farms. Benefiting from considerable farm management expertise and the utilisation of precision agricultural technology, the properties were well suited to pilot new on-farm technologies designed to enhance the production of wheat, barley, cotton, canola, sorghum and chickpeas.
Accelerating the development of new technology
Sean O'Reilly, Head of Crop Australia