Grain growers, horticulturalists and viticulturalists can apply for free drone training. Operating a drone is like any other precision control system – with proper planning, set up and confidence to operate safely, it can provide real on-farm benefits.
The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
• Safe and efficient operation of drones in an agricultural context
• Australian laws related to the use of Remote Pilot Aircraft’s (RPA) for private use
• Collecting and processing data for use in creating a crop planting map or precision fertiliser program.
Designed by farmers for farmers this upgraded course is delivered by highly experienced drone operator and trainer Ben Watts.
The course will teach you how to use drones to collect farm data to help you make informed decisions such as refined fertiliser, sowing, crop and weed management plans, as well as monitoring and maximising the efficiency of farm water systems.
Northwestern NSW broadacre farmer Bill Newcomen said the course opened his eyes to many possibilities he hadn’t considered before.
“Given the current legislative environment regarding the operation of drones, it is vital that farmers understand the regulations that they must operate under. If we are to continue to lift the productivity of agriculture, drones will play an increasing role in this process. Educating farmers in their use will greatly benefit agriculture and the economy in general,” he said.
The Canowindra workshop is on Thursday, August 19. Successful completion of assessment tasks will result in the achievement of a Statement of Attainment and can contribute to a nationally recognised qualification.
Book into the training course and apply to attend for free via the Tocal website: tocal.nsw.edu.au. Head to the short courses section and then to the AgSkilled page. The course is funded by AgSkilled 2.0 and hosted by Tocal College and supported by NSW Farmers.