Wednesday, 17 February 2021 11:25

Myriota, Goanna Ag launch products to monitor water resources

The GoRain device. The GoRain device. Courtesy Goanna Ag

Australian companies Myriota, a connectivity provider for nanosatellite Internet of Things devices, and ag-tech firm Goanna Ag have launched two products to help farmers monitor water resources.

Named GoRain and GoTank, the former allows the monitoring of rain data remotely, while the latter is meant for the livestock industry and is used to provide updates on water tank levels, ensuring livestock well-being.

Goanna Ag chief executive Alicia Garden said GoRain and GoTank would play an important role in Australia's $62 billion agriculture sector.

"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 that this technology will transform the Australian market and provide the information needed to support the industry in even the most challenging times."

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The GoTank device. Courtesy Goanna Ag

Myriota chief executive and co-founder Dr Alex Grant said the launch of GoRain and GoTank came at a critical time for the Australian agricultural 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," he 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 have a farm 3500 hectares north of Young in NSW, and Broden commented: "Like most farming businesses, our success is largely determined by our ability to make the most out of whatever rainfall we receive.

"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 products can be purchased from the Goanna Ag website.

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