USQ and John Deere look to future with ag innovation

Now in its fifth year, the research partnership has focused largely on developing technologies for smart precision agriculture.

Building on this foundation, at least a dozen research initiatives over the past five years have expanded the collaboration to include a range of research institutions across multiple countries.

Senior executives and project managers from John Deere (USA) visited Toowoomba recently to meet with USQ researchers and university executives.

USQ Centre for Agricultural Engineering (CAE) Director, Professor Craig Baillie, said it was an opportunity to reflect on the successful collaboration and consider potential future endeavours.

“This partnership has allowed for the opportunity to commercialise technologies – bringing USQ innovation to the people who need it, on a global scale,” he said.

“We have already seen the benefits of this collaboration and hope to achieve much more together moving forward.”

Hosted by USQ Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, John Deere executives toured USQ’s new $16 million Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct, and the Centre for Agricultural Engineering.

There they inspected first-hand smart irrigation systems based on artificial intelligence, automation technologies for tractors using UAVs, bioenergy, agricultural waste recovery and utilisation, robotics and carbon fibre materials.

Learn more about USQ research at www.usq.edu.au/research.

John Deere executives toured USQ’s Agricultural Science and Engineering Precinct, and the Centre for Agricultural Engineering.