Armin Werner

Armin Werner

Group Manager, Precision Agriculture


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Armin has a background in agronomy, crop modeling and sustainable development of land use. He gained his PhD at the University of Bonn and worked as Postdoc at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Lincoln Agritech, Dr Armin Werner was the Director of the Institute of Land Use Systems (ZALF) in Germany for a number of years. Armin specialises in novel agricultural production systems with a strong focus on precision agriculture (PA); exploring the economic and environmental as well as managerial impacts of new technologies for primary industries and land use. His work has led him to create strong linkages and collaboration projects between various scientific disciplines and sectors including academic institutions, researchers and farmers.

Since 2013, Armin is setting up and managing an interdisciplinary and integrative research group on Precision Agriculture at Lincoln Agritech, covering Precision Farming (arable crops, pastures), Precision Livestock Farming, Precision Horticulture, Precision Spraying as well as Agricultural (Outdoor) Robotics.

In addition to working at Lincoln Agritech, Dr Armin Werner is an Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Since 2015, Dr Armin Werner has been teaching a Precision Agriculture course at Lincoln University.

Armin has particular research interests in:

  • Using optical sensors with map overlays to delineate and effectively manage zones of varying yield potentials with variable rate applications of fertilizers, seeds and pesticides.
  • Improving rule-based decision support systems with sensor data and geo-data towards spatially variable rate production systems.
  • Developing and integrating image based analytical tools into horticultural and arable crop production.
  • Study the barriers in adopting Precision Agriculture as a management concept of farms and to show the benefits of PA for farmers, consumers and environment.

Recent Projects

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Real-time, non-destructive and in-feld foliage yield and growth rate measurement in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)

Ghamkhar, K., Irie, K., Hagedorn, M., Hsiao, J., Fourie, J., Gebbie, S., Hoyos‑Villegas, V., George, R., Stewart, A., Inch, C., Werner, A., & Barrett, B. Jul, 2019

Photogrammetry for assessment of pasture biomass

Wigley, K., Owens, J.L., Westerschulte, M., Riding, P., Fourie, J., Werner, A. Oct, 2019

Cavity Backed Antenna for Microwave Estimation of Grape Bunches in Vineyard

Tan, A., Riding, P., Eccleston, K., Platt, I., Werner, A., Woodhead, I. Dec, 2019

New Best Practice in High-Value Crops: Data-Driven Crop Load Management of Grapes and Apples

Werner, A. May, 2019

Observations from Radar Scans of Grape Vines Conducted over a Growing Season

Eccleston, K. W., Platt, I. G., Jafari, A., Werner, A., Bateman, C., Woodhead, I. M., Fourie, J., Hsiao, J., & Carey, P. Oct, 2019

Performance of a fertiliser management algorithm to balance yield and nitrogen losses in dairy systems

Cichota, R., Vogeler, I., Werner, A., Wigley, K., Paton, B. Feb, 2018

Phase Doppler quantification of agricultural spray compared with traditional sampling materials

Roten, R. L., Post, S. L., Werner, A., Safa, M., Hewitt, A. J. Aug, 2017

Urine patch detection using LiDAR & RPAS/UAV produced photogrammetry

Roten, R. L., Fourie, J., Owens, J., Trethewey, J., Ekanayake, D., Werner, A., Irie, K., Hagedorn, M., Cameron, K. Oct, 2017

Balancing optimum fertilisation and N losses in dairy systems.

Vogeler, I., Cichota, R., Paton, B., Trethewey, J., Werner, A. Jun, 2017

Factors of soil erosion in the Córrego Rico watershed, São Paulo, Brazil

Costa, B. O., Oliveira, G. S., Pissarra, T. C. T., Campos, S., Werner, A., Santos, J. P., Vanzela, L. S. Jul, 2016

Volumetric validation of mass balance using a computational phase Doppler approach for disc core nozzles

Roten, R. L., Post, S. L., Werner, A., Hewitt, A. J., Safa, M. Jan, 2015