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Title: Sub-paddock scale spatial variability between the pasture and cropping phases of mixed farming systems in Australia
Contributor(s): McEntee, Peter (author); Belford, Robert (author); Mandel, Roger (author); Harper, John (author); Trotter, Mark  (author)
Publication Date: 2013
DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-778-3_47
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/15297
Abstract: Precision farming techniques are now widely applied within Australian cropping systems. However, the use of spatial monitoring technologies to investigate livestock and pasture interactions in mixed farming systems remains largely unexplored. This paper builds on previously reported work that is using remote sensing technologies to investigate livestock and pasture interactions in the pasture phase and to follow the after-effects of different management strategies into a subsequent cropping phase. Experimental data has been gathered from two dryland cropping sites, one in Western Australia (annual pasture system) and one in north-eastern Victoria (perennial pasture system). Smoothed time series of weekly NDVI composites were constructed by means of the adaptive Savitzky-Golay filter. Eight complete phenological cycles (2004-2011) were processed and eleven phenology metrics were calculated for each cycle. The analysis reinforces previous results that indicated spatial variation in biomass between pasture and cropping phases is consistent and correlated over time. In the annual pasture system, two metrics showed strong correlation between cropping and pasture phases - end of season biomass and peak NDVI. In the perennial pasture system, strong correlations were observed for seven metrics - end of season biomass, time of season onset, end of season, season duration, peak NDVI, season amplitude and rate of NDVI decrease.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 9th European Conference on Precision Agriculture: Facing new challenges, providing new solutions, Lleida, Spain, 7th - 11th July, 2013
Conference Details: 9th European Conference on Precision Agriculture: Facing new challenges, providing new solutions, Lleida, Spain, 7th - 11th July, 2013
Source of Publication: Precision agriculture '13, p. 389-394
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Wageningen, Netherlands
Field of Research (FOR): 070104 Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 820599 Winter Grains and Oilseeds not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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