New tools to monitor farm rainfall and water storages

It's all go with new tools for checking farm rainfall and water storage levels

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RAINFALL CHECK: GoRain is designed to allow farmers to remotely monitor the variability of rainfall across their farms for better decision-making.

RAINFALL CHECK: GoRain is designed to allow farmers to remotely monitor the variability of rainfall across their farms for better decision-making.

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Goanna Ag and its partner Myriota have released two new products for the remote monitoring of farm rainfall and the levels of water storages across the farm.

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Goanna Ag and its partner Myriota have launched two new products to help farmers better manage water resources.

GoRain allows farmers to monitor rain data remotely, gain a better understanding of rain variability across their farms and enable data-driven decisions to support stronger crop yields.

GoTank is designed for the livestock industry and remotely updates farmers on water tank levels.

Underpinned by Myriota's low-cost, long battery life and connectivity, Goanna Ag said GoRain and GoTank represented affordable digital innovations in water management.

The partnership between Goondiwindi-based Goanna Ag and Adelaide-based Myriota will see GoRain and GoTank devices make use of Myriota's network of nanosatellites which provides a low-cost, low-power solution for Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.

For farmers this means data from rain gauges and tank monitors can now be collected from anywhere in the world and be displayed in Goanna Ag's apps, Goanna Telemetry App (Google Play) and GoApp (App Store).

Goanna Ag's CEO, Alicia Garden, said she believed that GoRain and GoTank would play an important role in the future success of Australia's $62 billion annual agriculture sector.

GO TANK: The new GoTank technology allows farmers to remotely monitor the level of water in storages for livestock.

GO TANK: The new GoTank technology allows farmers to remotely monitor the level of water in storages for livestock.

"Rainfall is the fundamental driver of agricultural production and while we can't make it rain more, GoRain and GoTank will bring confidence to decision making for our hard-working food and fibre producers," she said.

"We believe this technology will transform the Australian market and provide the information needed to support the industry in even the most challenging times," she said.

Myriota CEO and co-founder Dr Alex Grant said the launch of GoRain and GoTank came at a critical time for the Australian farm sector.

"By providing the agricultural industry with data about precious on-farm water assets at the click of a button, Myriota and Goanna Ag are supporting the industry to make highly strategic decisions that will ensure the survival of crops and livestock," Dr Grant said.

"GoRain and GoTank are able to obtain on-site data from anywhere and deliver that information to the farmer via the Myriota network, removing the guesswork and providing accurate data about on-farm water levels."

Goanna Ag customers Chris and Broden Holland farm 3500 hectares north of Young in NSW.

"Like most farming businesses, our success is largely determined by our ability to make the most out of whatever rainfall we receive," the Hollands said.

For us, that begins by having a better understanding of when and where that rain falls. We use Goanna Ag rain gauges as a key part of our management system to help us precisely maximise our grain production.

"The insights we now have as a result of capturing and understanding our data from across our farm enables us to make more informed and timely decisions. This has given us the confidence to increase our inputs to push our yields higher."

Both the GoRain and GoTank can be purchased directly from the Goanna Ag website or through distributors including Delta Agribusiness, AgnVet, Elders and Aquawest.

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