Centre for Digital Agriculture

Bringing together research and industry specialists in Western Australia, and beyond, to clarify what new technologies can bring to agriculture in the short, medium and long-term.

Digital technology is transforming our lives, professionally and personally. Agriculture has been a latecomer to this change but is catching up fast through significant investment into new technologies such as sensors, Internet of Things (IoT), drones, robotics, analytics and much more. But technical disruptions are by definition difficult to predict.

All too often, people focus on the technology and overlook the fact that real progress occurs not in the technology itself but in its use to increase the efficiency or value of agricultural production. While in the short or medium-term digital agriculture offers gains in efficiency or value, in the long run, the ‘big picture’ gains are contained in the knowledge content of agriculture, through smart technologies, eco-efficient value chains and market-responsive systems.