Noni Gabb teaches Year 11 Agriculture/Horticulture at Ballarat Grammar School in Victoria. Ms Gabb grew up as the fifth generation on the family’s sheep and cropping property in western Victoria. After finishing school, she worked as a jillaroo on sheep and cattle stations. Ms Gabb began her studies with a dual degree in Arts/Science at the University of New England, majoring in Crop and Animal Science. From university she worked for Rice Research Australia before returning as an external student to UNE to complete her Master of Teaching. Ms Gabb is involved in the management of the Ballarat school farm, which is home to a Lowline Cattle stud and Corriedale Sheep stud. Ms Gabb says she aims to engage her students’ interest in agriculture by helping to further develop their passion for the industry.
Using NDVI data to develop zone transections for soil testing
Students will understand how new and emerging technology can be utilized to minimize costs whilst still gathering accurate and reliable soil information. By using the program DataFarming students will learn about NDVI data and how it can be utilized to develop zone transections for soil testing, thereby reducing the high costs associated with traditional grid soil testing. They will use the program to develop 3 zone transections, then use the Map 3D app to plot where the individual soil cores were taken from. From the subsequent soil test results students will be required to propose management decisions for the specific paddock.