Dr Seth Laurenson and Dr Remy Lasseur from AgResearch and Animation Research Limited (ARL) have partnered to design "HyperFarm", a tool to help landowners design a new future while also understanding the trade-offs. The HyperFarm lets landowners visualize using their land in different ways, and to understand how those changes would affect things like water quality, finances, carbon sequestration and bio-diversity.
Dr Laurenson said AgResearch and the land-based science sector had gathered a substantial amount of data to support farming and research over the years, and that this trend is set to continue at an exponential pace thanks to advances in sensor technology. Bringing this information to life with a high-quality visualisation tool will "help accelerate adoption and change", he said.
ARL's Ian Taylor says, "One of the exciting things for us about this project with AgResearch is it brings all of those things together. The data is already there. When you put that together with the visualisation, you start to see the future. You don't have to wait two years, five years or ten years to see what effect decisions have on your land. You can see it in 10 minutes in a really informed way."
An early development demo of HyperFarm was on display at Fieldays 2019.