About this course

Get the most from your technology investment. Functional, practical training in precision agronomy ensures your time in the cab is well-spent. Let Tocal’s fully-subsidised training raise your skills to the next level. If you are an agronomist, advisor, or farmer who utilises technology, then this course will be highly beneficial to you, your clients, and your business.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • NVDI and crop yield data used to analyse crop performance, identify constraints and make decisions about crop inputs
  • assessing fields, sampling soils and developing a soil map of your property
  • selecting the right product and assessing that product’s qualities for spreading
  • setting up, calibrating, operating and servicing precision application equipment
  • working with data files and the importance of data standardisation, also GPS/GNSS systems and their applications

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 3.5 days (delivered over 2 workshops approximately 8 weeks apart)
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 5
Indicative fees: Nil to eligible applicants


Participants will learn:

  • how to use soil maps and analysis software to develop ‘prescription’ maps for variable rate applications
  • about NVDI, how NVDI and crop yield data are used to analyse crop performance, identify constraints and make decisions about crop inputs
  • how to assess fields, sample soils and develop a soil map of your property
  • how to use the map to identify soil properties and variations, and determine fertiliser or other ameliorants required
  • how to select the right product and assess that product’s qualities for spreading.
  • to set up, calibrate, operate and service precision application equipment
  • about data files and importance of data standardisation, also GPS/GNSS systems and their applications
  • about emerging technologies to support GPS-based services.

Pre-approved applicants for the cotton and grains industries will be funded through the NSW AgSkilled training program. Fee paying participants, please contact Charlie Bell on 02 4939 8875.

Participants will study the following subjects:

  • Planning and managing Variable Rate Applications
  • Interpreting NDVI Imagery (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) and Yield Data on farm
  • Agronomic principles, interpreting soil texture and pH maps collecting ground truth soil samples to match soils, fertilisers and variation from agronomic data sets
  • Calibrate, prepare and use Variable Rate spreading equipment
  • Introducing GPS Guidance, variable rate controllers and auto steer technologies
  • Case study, during the training you will need to apply the learnt data principles on farm. This will involve obtaining and ground truthing data sets.

Further information is available in the Precision Agronomy course brochure PDF, 1568.23 KB.

  • All learning resources, including workbooks and reference publications, are provided.
  • This is a blended course, with both face-to-face and online components.

You must meet the eligibility requirements under the NSW AgSkilled training program.

This course is mapped to the following national units of competency:

  • AHCWRK502 Collect and manage data
  • AHCAGB402 Analyse and interpret production data
  • AHCSOL402 Develop a soil use map for a property (online module)
  • AHCMOM311 Operate precision control technology
  • AHCBUS301 Use handheld e-business tools.

Additional Information

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LocationWorkshop 1 (2 days)Workshop 2 (1.5 days)
Griffith24-25 October 201911-12 November 2019
Walgett9-10 January 20206-7 February 2020
Inverell13-14 January 202010-11 February 2020
Narrabri16-17 January 202013-14 February 2020
Condoblin20-21 January 202017-18 February 2020
Wagga Wagga23-24 January 202020-21 February 2020
Deniliquin27-28 January 202024-25 February 2020