by Francesca Piatto, EARSC
Earth Observation data and information play an essential role in supporting agriculture industry, farmers, technology suppliers, as well as governmental bodies at local, regional, and national level, and giving policymakers access to the best information possible to make informed decisions.
To this end, EARSC, the European Association of Remote Sensing companies, a participating organization of the Group of Earth Observation (GEO), promotes the use of Earth Observation technology and represents the European providers of geo-information services, creating a network between industry, decision makers and users.
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by Annalisa Donati, Eurisy
The European agricultural sector is one of the world leading producers of food, guarantor of food security and quality and provider of millions of jobs. Yet it faces many challenges from environmental pressures, mostly related to climate change and loss of biodiversity, to the need for sustainable and efficient management of resources such as water, soil and energy.
Data-based technologies, including satellite positioning systems like GPS, remote sensing, and the Internet have the potential to increase farm efficiency and improve production, and also to contribute to making farming systems more sustainable from an economic, social and environmental point of view.
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by Maurangelo Petruzzella, Senior Researcher, Eindhoven University of Technology
We will discuss the recent development of integrated spectral sensors capable of identifying and quantifying key properties of fruits, plants, and organic materials along the full food production chain: on the field by farmers, in storage areas, within the distribution process.
This innovative technology is based on arrays of detectors sensitive in the near-infrared, having dimensions similar to current smartphone cameras. They will offer a fast, low-cost, contactless, and non-invasive method to retrieve the chemical composition of materials without the need for sample preparation.
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by Vassilis Sitokonstantinou, National Observatory of Athens / Beyond Center of Earth Observation Research and Satellite Remote Sensing
Under the framework of e-shape H2020 EU project and the S1P2 EU CAP Support pilot, a number of novel services are developed as an integrated smart farming system; targeting farmers, farmers’ associations, paying agencies of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), but also the agri-insurance sector. The services comprise of the near-real time identification of the onset of key phenological stages and the timely prediction of yield.
Continue reading “e-shape – EU CAP Support Pilot: A machine learning enabled system for dynamic phenology estimation and yield prediction using satellite and in-situ observations”
by Tamme van der Wal, Agri Dataservices BioScope BV
Precision Farming is not technology, it is a management approach. Adding data to on-farm decisions enables the transition to a smarter way of farming. It is therefore a pity that technological complexity is the major hurdle in farmers’ adoption of precision or smart farming. We have now created an App that revolutionises the way farmers perceive Precision Agriculture: Now it is easy, accessible and affordable for every farmer.
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Photonics is becoming a major player in the Agrifood industry
Detecting crop and water quality
Photonics is becoming a major player in the Agrifood industry. With its advanced optical sensing methods photonics can help farmers to determine the protein levels in wheat harvests, screen for contaminants in their planted fruits and vegetables and observe water quality to measure the health of fish stocks, to name a few examples.
So-called ‘lidar’ (light detection and radar) systems use light signals to accurately map large land area’s. They can be mounted on a plane to measure large-scale crop effects in agricultural regions, for instance. Continue reading “Photonics is becoming a major player in Agrifood industry”