Beyond pretty green pictures -Interpreting and ground-truthing satellite imagery for farmers in the Ord River Irrigation Area

Northern Australia Crop Research Alliance Pty Ltd (NACRA)

  • Project code: PRO-016096

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Saturday, May 14, 2022

  • Project completion date: Sunday, May 14, 2023

  • National Priority: AFI - AgriFood Innovation


This project is about transferring readily available data into useful information that can be used in the farming operations of the surrounding farming industry to improve productivity and profitability. This means that once the main drivers for differences in satellite imagery are ascertained on one farm, they are transferable to all farms in the area. Therefore, the next steps for agricultural technology adaption in the ORIA, are having the knowledge to know what information the data is providing, then using this for on-farm decision making. On an individual farm level, this activity will help identify constraints within paddocks


AgriFood Innovation

Research Organisation

Northern Australia Crop Research Alliance Pty Ltd (NACRA)

Objective Summary

This project will lead to adoption of satellite technology adoption across 50% of ORIA growers representing 80% of the cropping area within 2 years. We are very confident of this high level of uptake as these farmers are already accessing the technology but just not utilising it fully. The impact of this uptake has been estimated to be $100-600/ha across the20,000ha.