A NSW farmer with a clever way to increase crop yields has been honoured at Australia's local Nobel gala

  • Husband and wife farmers David and Wendy Finlay won the Up and Coming Award at the annual Cicada Innovations Nobel Gala in Sydney.
  • They won for their method of planting seeds, doing away with heavy machinery and increasing yields.
  • Biomedical company Trimph and Prospection, a health insights company, also won awards.

A farming couple who found a way to replace heavy machinery and use science to determine the best depth to plan seeds was a winner in Australia’s annual Nobel Awards ceremony run by deep tech incubator Cicada Innovations.

The incubator, owned by the ANU, University of Sydney, University of NSW, and UTS, runs an annual event in Sydney with links to the official Swedish Nobel gala held on the same date in the Stockholm Town Hall.

Husband and wife team David and Wendy Finlay won the Up and Coming Award for Moisture Planting Technologies, an agrifoodtech based outside West Wyalong in NSW that senses soil moisture levels and plants seeds at an optimal depth.

“The goal is to boost yield while saving time and energy. Read more

Chris Pash  Business Insider Australia - 7 Dec 2018

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