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Ongoing project

Implementing precision agriculture solutions in Australian avocado production systems (AV18002)

Key research provider: The University of New England

What’s it all about?

This investment is refinining and working towards commercialising technologies and innovations to help the avocado industry improve production and efficiency. There is a particular focus on delivering solutions to help growers predict yield, look at yield variability and map factors such as disease, to in turn support on-farm decision making.

The work builds on the Multi-scale monitoring tools for managing Australian tree crops initiative, supported by Hort Innovation under the Australian Government’s Rural R&D for Profit program.

Specific project activities include, but aren’t limited to…

  • Keeping the Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response map (available here) and its associated app (available here) updated with information on commercial avocado orchards. This mapping tool was a key output of the multi-scale monitoring tools program. At a top level it’s designed to assist with natural disaster recovery efforts and biosecurity work, but when combined with other innovations such as remote sensing and analytic technologies, it can be used to support on-farm decision making.

  • Developing a mobile app to provide avocado growers with up-to-date, high-resolution satellite imagery and other capabilities to support pre-harvest yield forecasts and mapping of tree health and vigour, yield parameters including fruit size, and disease with a focus on phytophthora.
Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Avocado Fund