Australian Precision Farming Legacy Retires

Laura McNamaraEducation, International, Precision Ag in the News

The North Queenland RegisterAccording to the North Queensland Register, Australia considered him one of the country’s “foremost pioneers of automatic GPS guidance technology with farming.” Now Alan Fetherstonhaugh has retired. But, farmers in Australia won’t forget the innovation he ushered in “down under.”

Alan Fetherstonhaugh spent a decade working with farmers, innovators and the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture at the University of Southern Qld, resulting in significant new applications for GPS to aid the rural sector.

A founding director of AgGuide, its RowGuide, RigGuide and RotaGuide products brought him recognition via the AgShow/Qld Country Life Farm Inventor of the Year award, as well as awards from other industry shows.

His legacy is that of bringing considerable improvements to precision farming techniques across the row-crop, broadacre, sugar cane and specialist vegetable sectors, as well as enhanced efficiency, cost-reduction, fatigue-management, controlled-traffic and erosion-mitigation.

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