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New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture

New Zealand Centre for Precision Agriculture (NZCPA) creates practical land management solutions through the use of leading-edge precision technology tools. Whether you are an individual farmer or a large corporation or government agency, we offer relevant, leading research and site-specific consultancy to help enhance the economic and environmental performance of your land.

The NZCPA offers site-specific consultancy to government agencies and commercial entities. Our commercial work to date has been in areas as diverse as farm mapping, cropping regimes, dairy conversions, vineyard production, forest development and wetland mapping.

Our world-leading research focuses on GIS, precision agriculture, and resource management. This includes investigations of fertiliser use, animal tracking, resource management and remote sensing. Of particular interest to farmers will be the work on identifying nutrient content of farms from the air and delivering fertiliser by air.

The NZCPA regularly takes part in national and international events around precision agriculture. In early 2016 the Centre hosted the UAV Technology and Applications Conference.

Our people

The NZCPA is led by internationally-respected precision agriculture specialist Professor Ian Yule. Based at Massey University, the Centre has a dedicated group of staff and doctoral students working on world-leading research. 

Technology and equipment

Our UAVs and sensor systems are some of the most advanced in the world. We have dedicated UAVs and pasture meters and we are the only organisation outside Europe and the Americas using the Fenix Hyperspectral Imaging System.

Massey University's School of Aviation runs RPAS courses regularly to help those wishing to learn more about this equipment.

Massey University is a world-leading agricultural university. We offer various options for agricultural-related undergraduate and postgraduate study.

For specific enquiries regarding doctorate study and current availability please contact us directly.