Completed SFF Futures projects: arable

A list of completed arable projects.


Improving and optimising the grain industry from farm to supply

Project start: 24 August 2020
Project completed: 28 February 2021
MPI funding: $79,400
Industry funding: $131,300
Industry partner: GrainTec Limited
Region: Nationwide

GrainTec researched developing a low-cost sensor to measure grain levels in silos. The sensor transmits data direct to farmers, via an app across a LoRaWAN network. Trials on three sites and market research indicate that this offering has value for farmers. GrainTec is now working with partners identified during market research to refine and test the sensor ready for market.

Parengarenga BioChar project

Project start: 18 September 2019
Project completed: 2 November 2020
MPI funding: $60,688
Industry funding: $63,228
Industry partner: Parengarenga Inc
Region: Northland

BioChar is used overseas as an environmentally friendly soil conditioner. It is a form of organic matter charred under controlled high temperature conditions. The resulting product can be blended with natural organic matter and added to pasture. Parengarenga Incorporation trialled the use of BioChar to identify a product best suited to Far North soil.

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