At QUT we believe the next agricultural revolution will be driven by Digital Agriculture. Digital Agriculture enables the use of information, extracted from purposefully collected data, to manage agricultural production systems to optimise yield and quality, increase efficiency and ensure sustainability.
Digital Agriculture will integrate deep agricultural knowledge and systems science with powerful digital technologies – from robots, autonomous systems and sensor networks to data analytics, economic modelling, control strategies and artificial intelligence. Digital Agriculture will help farming and food enterprises to generate and use agronomic, environmental and economic data to run their operations more efficiently, profitably and sustainably.
Over the next ten years we expect to see better use of information within each component of the agri-food production system and perhaps the start of a transition to a single integrated agri-food system, in which thinking and decision making is based on information about the state of all key components. The ultimate result will be a truly optimised and robust food production system from paddock to plate and fibres from the paddock to the user. To achieve this, we must thoroughly understand all processes involved in the reverse order: from the consumer to paddock.