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21 November 2017

In this FDI Feature Interview, Mister Kieran Coupe of the award-winning technology company Outpost Central discusses technologically advanced, computer-based monitoring systems to broad-acre irrigation and dryland farming.
As climate and weather patterns change, intermittent rainfall and warmer temperatures highlight the need for increasingly sophisticated water management. The use of web-enabled, digital technology to measure soil moisture is helping famers, across a wide range of agricultural pursuits, to determine the best ways to deliver irrigated water to crops and pasture. In addition to determining optimum watering delivery, farmers are making savings in power and water costs.

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