[19 October/Radio NZ]

Hamilton was host this week to an international conference on precision farming. Precision farming is farm management technology used to improve farm performance and efficiency. South Australian Farmer Mark Branson is a big fan of precision farming and said the technology has greatly improved his efficiency in areas such as focusing herbicide on a small patch of weeds within a larger pasture to save money on weed-killer. Craige Mackenzie is a leading New Zealand proponent of precision farming. He was the International Precision Ag Farmer of the Year in 2016. He said the benefits from precision agriculture were huge and that new innovations were on the way including real-time soil sensors for nitrogen, potassium and nitrates which show what was leaching.