APSFarm

APSFarm is a simulation model that can be used to select farm business options that maximise profits, taking climate variability into account.

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Who this tool is for

APSFarm is used mainly by consultants, agribusinesses and researchers.
To date, Queensland Primary Industries and Fisheries has been working with:
•mixed grain and grazing businesses from Central Queensland
•consultants from Goondiwindi
•cotton irrigators from northern New South Wales

APSFarm is used mainly by researchers working with consultants, farmers and agribusinesses.

To date, staff from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), at The University of Queensland, have been working with:

  • mixed grain and grazing businesses from Central Queensland
  • cropping systems consultants from Goondiwindi, Queensland
  • cotton irrigators from northern New South Wales

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Questions this tool answers

How can I identify more profitable, less risky and more environmentally sustainable options for my whole farm business?

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What this tool does

APSFarm was developed to improve the economic and environmental performance of farm businesses.

It helps farmers make decisions by simulating how changes to their management practices will affect farm business performance and profits, where production resources may be limited (such as land, labour, cash, irrigation water), and what the environmental impacts might be.

It also tells you how well your farm can adapt to changes in climate, markets and government policies.

It is a research tool, primarily used by researchers working with consultants and agribusinesses, so is only available to farmers who participate in case study projects run by staff from QAAFI.

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Inputs

APSFarm requires good climate data (such as from SILO), and good soil characterisation data.

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Outputs

Outputs are available to farmers via their participation in case study projects run by staff from the Agricultural Systems Modelling group of QAAFI.

The model outputs include estimates of:

  • yield for a farm or individual fields
  • production
  • profits
  • risk
  • environmental variables

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Reliability

APSFarm is built on the APSIM model. Where APSIM models crop yield, APSFarm models an entire farm.

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History

APSFarm was developed by staff within the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Queensland) and is now managed by QAAFI.

In 2013, researchers increased the level of detail available in simulating complex cropping and livestock production systems.

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Support available

Dr Daniel Rodriguez

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), The University of Queensland

Phone: 07 4688 1437, 0434 075 094

Email: d.rodriguez@uq.edu.au

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Where to get it

Email Dr Daniel Rodriguez (d.rodriguez@uq.edu.au) for APSFarm, or to collaborate in its use and development.

Phone: 07 4688 1437, 0434 075 094

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Cost

Free via technical and extension articles and a number of open forums and blogs, to those participating in case studies.

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