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Case Study: Jain Logic and Romsey Farm

Key Stats:

  • Grower - Simon Marriott
  • Location - Romsey, VIC Australia
  • Crops and/or stock - Sheep and dryland hay cropping
  • Property size - approx. 100 acres
  • Jain Logic - Soil, Weather, Water Level and Image Capture Monitoring

Local Dealer -  Jain Agriculture Services Australia

Simon Marriott is a remote farm owner in Romsey since 2013 with a strong focus on producing pastoral crops for his horses and selling lamb stock. With a full-time job in the city and his farm a couple of hours away, Simon’s key concerns with being offsite 5 days of the week was that he'd need to be able to remotely check water levels in tanks, receive low and high water level notifications, keep an eye on the soil health and decide when to cut and bale crops.

Having come across Jain through the tech industry he worked in, Simon quickly adopted Jain's Farm Monitoring and Control solutions to address his key concerns, starting with monitoring water levels in his tanks and setting low and high water level alerts to be received via text/email, and automating pumps on/off to ensure stock have water.

Having addressed his primary concern around stock water management, Simon contacted Jain to improve the nutritional health of his fodder crops. The team here at Jain suggested using their Agronomic Solution to understand what was going on both above and below the ground. By installing soil moisture probes and a weather station to collect data he makes more informed decisions. Having access to various readings, such as rainfall, frost, wind speed, wind direction, soil moisture and Electrical Conductivity (EC), resulted in accurate and efficient application of nutrients, as well as knowing the best time to cut and bale. Simon is now efficiently using inputs and adapting practices to give crops what they need, rather than relying on historical farming methods. The combination of having both a weather station and a soil probe sensor resulted in producing better quality pastoral crops while efficiently using water resources, in the short space of a year.

“Last years (2017) crops were disappointing, with poor quality bales, dry and lacking nutrients. This year’s crops have improved dramatically, see the comparison. Good seed, moisture levels and quality nutrients just by knowing what’s going below the soil. When to water, add nutrients and when to cut and bale for bumper crops.”

— Simon Marriott, Romsey Farm Owner

Simon shows the improved health in this years crops compared to last years and how the Jain Monitoring system has given multiple returns on its initial investment. Having seen a reduction in labor costs, efficiency in water application and improved crop quality.

“Being able to pull crops off at the right time has given Romsey Farm multiple payback on the system costs... As we move forward we’re looking at using the data to more efficiently run our farm and make sure that we’re putting down nutrients, pesticides and any of the seeding operations at the right time and also is allowing us to make the right decision as to when to cut and bale.”

— Simon Marriott, Romsey Farm Owner

Key Takeaways:

  • Set alerts on your water points to protect your stock and save on labor costs
  • Adapt to your crops specific requirements
  • Make informed decisions based on data collected above and below ground
  • Technology can assist you in managing your time and resources better
    • Invest in technology to improve overall yield health, performance and returns
    • Time your irrigation, nutrient and pesticide application to improve crop health and growth

Priya Johal

A relative newcomer to the irrigation industry, Priya has applied her experience and passion for technology to improve everyday workflows and help users save resources. The issues surrounding sustainable farming practices and the need to prioritise world efforts to save water have motivated her to work in the irrigation industry. Taking from prior experiences, as part of the enterprise mobility rollout in Australasia, where smart devices were used to provide access to online forms replacing everyday paper workflows and documentation. The digital alternatives allowed users to more readily capture real-time data and as a result, make better and more informed decisions. Seeing the major benefits of using technology in industries that have otherwise remained stagnant has driven her to focus on promoting a shift in the way we work, achieving increased productivity, reducing costs, saving time and in the case of irrigation, optimising water usage.

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