GROW: wireless sensors for smart farming applications in horticulture

Bram Van de Poel

by Bram Van de Poel, University of Leuven

In the GROW project we are developing novel sensors to quantify micro-climate conditions and fertilizer levels for greenhouse cultivation of tomato. These sensors are wireless and allow Internet-of-Things applications for smart farming in horticulture.

Our sensors are able to get a very high spatio-temporal resolution of the greenhouse micro-climate (temperature and relative humidity) as well as real-time rockwool electrical conductivity and ion content measurements.

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Soil Monitoring – Smart Agricultural Sensor Network

by Susanne Oertel, Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB

The FutureIOT consortium focuses its research activities on two distinct fields of action „City.digital“ and „Agriculture.digital“. Aim of the Bavarian research network is the joint development of comprehensive IoT solutions for practice-oriented solutions.
Further development and integration of individual technologies in the area of communication, sensor technology, localization, information security, and IoT plattforms, are intended to master the existing challenges in the city as well as on the countryside.

The sub-project Soil Sensor Technology covers the IoT value chain from sensors via sensor networks until cloud-based data analysis.

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Sensor technology in dairy farming – practical research and applicability

Judith Roelofs

by Judith Roelofs, Senior lecturer animal husbandry, HAS Hogeschool

Many sensors are on the market to support dairy farmers in their day-to-day management of the cows. These sensors can be sensors in the barn, on the cow or even in the cow.

These sensors measure for example specific behaviour of individual cows and the farmer receives an attention when the behavioural pattern of a cows deviates from normal.

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Humidity as basis, measuring is knowing

Willy Detiger

by Willy Detiger, Owner, Detiger Bos & Boom verzorging

Content that will be discussed
• Importance of moisture in the soil and the correct humidity percentage
• Importance of the correct timing in watering with regard to gas exchange in the soil
• Preventing hydrophobic infiltration of water
• The importance of soil life and the importance of water for soil life
• And so measuring: but how and then what?

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The power of combining 3D with multispectral information for indoor farming

Grégoire Hummel

by Grégoire Hummel, CEO, Phenospex B.V.

PlantEye is a sensor designed to assess and monitor crops in any environment. The sensor provides resilient information on growth, biomass on a daily base and can quantify diseases, color and the quality of crops. PlantEye is an ideal tool for crop monitoring and to surveil the production process. Deviations or abnormal developments of crops can be identified on a daily- and objective base. Further this sensor can be used to optimize your crop management and develop light recipes.

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Use of innovative ingredients in poultry feed to tackle modern challenges in food systems: the Innopoultry project

Luca Simone Cocolin

by Luca Simone Cocolin, full professor of food microbiology, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino, Italy.

The Innopoultry project aims at improving/resolving important issues inherent with the poultry food chain of the 21th century. More specifically, poultry meat has been identified as one of the main sources of foodborne pathogens for humans. Moreover, due to the improper use of antibiotics in the past, used also as grow promoter, poultry meat is still considered at high risk for the spread and diffusion of antibiotic resistance genes. The strategy used is focused on primary production: considering the feed as important tool to exploit, it is proposed to use alternative approaches in poultry feeding able to control and reduce the impact of food safety concerns.

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MyToolbox decisions support for mycotoxin prevention and control along the chain – Presented by Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research

Ine Van der Fels-Klerx

Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research, will speak at Smart farming Conference, on June 27, during AgriFood Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The occurrence of mycotoxins in various crops, mainly grain, fruits and nuts, produced in Europe is of major concern since it has large implications for food and feed safety, food security and international trade. Over the past three decades, a wide variety of knowledge has been gathered on prevention and control of mycotoxins, at the various stages of the feed and food production chain. This knowledge is, however, not easily retrievable and available for the intended end-users at the private level (feed and food companies) and the public level (governmental agencies).

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Future of Farming – Animus – Presented by Andre Fabris, AppsForce

Andre Fabris

Andre Fabris, AppsForce, will speak at Smart farming Conference, on June 27, during AgriFood Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Project Animus uses big data and machine learning to advise farmers how to grow plants, resulting in 25% increase in profit and better sustainability of agriculture.

Interview

What drives you?

I would love to leave a better world for our children. I believe that individuals and small and medium enterprises are innovators and game changers. Being a software expert I want to give them the right tools to make the real difference. Project Animus is that kind of tool for agriculture.

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