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Department provides tech and advice at Newdegate display

The latest online tools and best practice farm advice will be available at the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s shed at the upcoming Newdegate Machinery Field Days.

Attendees can also learn about how to get the most out of the department’s extensive weather network, including the new Doppler radars and more than 170 automatic weather stations.

Staff will be on hand to talk visitors through the department’s online tools, including the rainfall to date, soil water, potential yield and extreme weather applications, and tailor them to suit their location and situation.

Staff from the Sheep Industry Business Innovation project will be available to speak about new technologies to help make running sheep easier by improving labour efficiency, sheep traceability and breeding programs.

Visitors can also learn about recent case studies on producers who have integrated labour saving tools into their sheep enterprise.

The department’s augmented reality sandbox is expected to attract attention, as it demonstrates how virtually projected water interacts with changing sand formations in real time.

Also popular will be the Geographic Information Service display where farmers can update details about their property.

Every landowner who checks their property details automatically enter a competition to win an A0-size laminated aerial map of their property.

Department staff will be able to assist with enquiries about livestock registration, brands, identification and movement.

The Boosting Biosecurity Defences project will have information and demonstrations on how to use the MyPestGuide app to report pests, while staff who work with Recognised Biosecurity Groups will be available to answer questions about local pest management.

Field day visitors can also examine smart pest and diseases traps and DNA-based diagnostic tools, which, together can detect certain crop pests and enable farmers to protect their grain crops.

Regional director Pam I’Anson said the shed would showcase the department’s diverse focus across farm biosecurity, disease and grains surveillance, livestock research and the latest technology resources.

“The individual displays represent our role to grow and protect Western Australian agriculture and food sector, as well as economic growth, research and jobs creation,” Ms I’Anson said.

“We have a great selection of department services on offer to support the agriculture industry.”

“The department’s display will also feature the regional work being done by Curtin University, Main Roads Western Australia, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Regional Men’s Health.”

The DPIRD shed will be located at stand 17, near the showground’s CBH entrance, at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days on Wednesday, 6 and Thursday, 7 September 2017.

Source: WA DPIRD

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