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There are many pasture measuring devices on the market today. We've put together some information and a summary to help you navigate which device is best for your use.
|Grass Measuring Devices  ||Description||Benefits||Disadvantages||Score|
|No action||Do nothing at all, are you profitable?||None||A huge amount of lost opportunity||0/10|
Are you growing pasture?
|Eyeball technique||A visual assessment by driving or walking the farm||Quick, better than nothing||A great amount of lost opportunity||1/10|
Let's start measuring grass!
|Quadrant cut||Take multiple quadrant cuts with pasture shears & measure dry matter||Can be very precise, mainly used for research||Very slow and not suitable for commercial farms||3/10|
Reserved for the scientists
|Probe||Walk transects across paddocks taking pasture measurements||Hmmm not so sure on this grass measuring device, share your thoughts?||Problematic on wet days, slow, low amount of consistency||4/10|
Not a common tool for measuring grass
|Grassometer||Walk transects across paddocks taking multiple measurements||Potentially better than a rising plate meter, yet to be proven||Slow, operator fatigue, works on optical sensors||5/10|
Not a common grass measuring tool
|Rising plate meter||Measure grass, as you walk across paddocks||Close and thorough inspection of farm while walking, fairly consistent||Slow, operator fatigue and variability between operators||6/10|
Trusty grass measuring device
|Rapid plate meter||Towed plate that that rapidly measures grass height||New measuring device that looks promising, but needs further market testing||New measuring device that looks promising, but needs further market testing||7/10|
New and promising device for meausring pasture
|Pasture Reader||Vehicle mounted sensor for determining pasture height||Very quick and consistent on flat farms||Can be problematic on undulating farms||8/10|
Aussie developed pasture measuring device
|C-Dax pasture meter||4wheeler towed sensor for determining pasture height||Very quick and consistent in dry conditions||Can be problematic in the wet, wear & tear||8/10|
Tried and tested pasture measuring tool
|Drone imagery||Flying drone that captures imagery for calculating grass growth||Daily pasture readings, other on-farm uses.||Flight regulations, adverse weather, batteries||9/10|
This technology is currently being researched
|Satellite imagery||Satellite imagery that captures grass measurements without the need of a person||Zero labour and other monitoring uses such as plant health||Cloud cover and large pixel resolution|| 10/10|
Pasture.io is currently developing this technology