Myrtleford Growers Get State Of The Art Environmental Monitoring Network

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MEDIA RELEASE    

FOR Wednesday 28th April, 2010


MYRTLEFORD GROWERS GET STATE OF THE ART 

ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING NETWORK


More than 500 growers in the Myrtleford district of Victoria are set to benefit from a state of

the art web-based environmental monitoring network being launched tomorrow (Wednesday

28

th

April) – all thanks to the foresight of the local farmers co-operative. 


The monitoring network consists of six weather stations that provide updated data every 15

minutes on local temperature, humidity, wind speed, rainfall and Delta-T readings to a

central open access website. The stations are located on properties at Myrtleford,

Beechworth, Whorouly, Coral Bank, King Valley and Porepunkah.


The Tobacco & Associated Farmers Co-operative Limited (TAFCO) sourced funding and

commissioned the network from industry leader Measurement Engineering Australia (MEA)

to help growers to make informed on-farm decisions on irrigation scheduling, disease

monitoring and prediction and determining spray programs.


TAFCO Chairman, Mr Allan McGuffie said, “Growers no longer have to rely solely on

readings from the nearest BOM station at Wangaratta, which is over 50 kilometres away

from Myrtleford but will be able to access more localised data through TAFCO’s website.”


“A broad range of crops including grapes, berries, green tea, apples and vegetables are

being grown within a fairly confined region around Myrtleford - each with their own

requirements. This makes it vital for growers get access to localised environmental data

within a few kilometres of their properties.”


Environmental monitoring specialists Measurement Engineering Australia (MEA) are the

technological brains behind the internet-based monitoring network and have developed 

similar networks along the Murray through New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. 



WHAT: 

Launch of the TAFCO Weather Station Monitoring Network


WHEN:

Wednesday 28th April, 2010 at 8a.m


WHERE:

Motel on Alpine, 258 Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford


RSPV:

TAFCO Rural Supplies 03-57521800 or kerry@tafco.com.au


INTERVIEWS:

TAFCO Director, Mr Lachlan Campbell 


MEA Founder and Engineering Director, Mr Andrew Skinner


MEDIA CONTACT: SIMON HATCHER - 0419 780 071






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