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Automation for the Cane Industry

Small Changes That Make A Big Impact For Cane Irrigation In Australia

Growing high-quality cane requires infinite precision when it comes to getting the right amount of water on and off the moment it’s required. Often cane irrigation in Australia gets rather expensive with high pumping costs or at the cost of a healthy work-life balance as it’s time-intensive to manually monitor and manage the crops yourself or to hire skilled labour to do it for you.

This is where modern technology can come to your rescue. By implementing a Padman automation system that is customised precisely to your unique farm’s layout and needs everything can be optimised with all the hard work done for you.

Our cloud-controlled sensors and outlet automation allows you to remotely monitor soil moisture at a micro-block level giving you in-depth and instant insight into what your paddocks and crops need. It then allows you to balance soil moisture and shut water on and off remotely from the touch of a button on your mobile phone, tablet or computer – without you having to leave your office or the tractor.

Water efficiency is enhanced, and your farm’s daily management is streamlined which means you’ll have fewer labour requirements and more profits stay in your pocket.

Our new AutoWinch systems give you two options. Our AutoWinch Pro has been designed to move twice a day as a completely portable automation unit giving you all the flexibility your farm needs to thrive. For a more affordable option our AutoWinch Seasonal unit has been designed to stay with the crop for an entire season, moving only twice per year. Both are operated by our super simple Padman Stops apps and are strong enough to operate all Padman Stops irrigation outlets. But with our portable units you can get your farm automated more affordably, than ever before.

We are also developing the Padman Sensor Pro which will notify you by app or text message that you have reached your desired water level, so taking the guess work out of when you need to go down and turn your water off, which in turn saves you on excessive pumping costs. Our Auto Winch Dual is also currently under development, this product is being developed specifically for sugar cane farmers in mind. It will allow you to automatically turn valves on or off from your mobile device. The Sensor Pro and AutoWinch Dual work hand in hand to save you time and reduce your pumping costs.

And there’s no need to worry about connectivity issues when you’re in ‘the middle of nowhere’. Our automation equipment uses the Telstra network or if that won’t work in your area our radio based LoraWAN technology gateway devices provide the link between your farm and the apps.

With cane small details certainly matter. It makes sense to reduce the need for manual processes and management by utilising technology that takes away the guesswork. Streamlining your operations with automation technology and equipment not only allows your farm to become more profitable, but it also gives you valuable time back in your day.


  • Reduced Labour Costs
  • Affordable & Reliable AgriTech
  • Improved Lifestyle
  • Reduce Pumping
  • Farm Variability
  • Pasture & Crop Quality

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