Earth Observation data benefits in the Agricultural sector

Francesca Piatto

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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User-centric approach to facilitate a widespread uptake of satellite-based solutions for agri-food sector

Annalisa Donati

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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Next-level integrated spectral sensors for agrifood applications

Maurangelo Petruzzella

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.

program: https://smartfarmingconference.com/program/

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e-shape – EU CAP Support Pilot: A machine learning enabled system for dynamic phenology estimation and yield prediction using satellite and in-situ observations

Vassilis Sitokonstantinou

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.

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Developing tailored services for the agro-insurance sector over northern Greece: The case of Rodopi / cotton crop

Nikolaos S. Bartsotas

by Nikolaos Bartsotas, National Observatory of Athens / Beyond Center of Earth Observation Research and Satellite Remote Sensing

Under the framework of e-shape H2020 EU project and S6P4 ResAgri pilot, a number of novel services are developed as an integrated system for the insurance company sector as well as farmers’ associations. They combine a 40-year long record of meteorological reanalyses (1980-present) to build an adverse selection tool based upon the historical risk from individual weather perils.

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In-field access to relevant growth data: smart farming made easy

Tamme van der Wal

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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HyperSlit: an ultralight hyperspectral UAV system for collecting crop spectral signature

Hamed Mehdipoor

by Hamed Mehdipoor, CEO, Spectro-AG BV

HyperSlit is a compact hyperspectral sensor for small drone (DJI Mavic) in the ultraviolet to near-infrared (UV/VIS/NIR) range (190–810 nm). This ultralight system weighs a ready-to-fly 340 gr. The spectral resolution of collected data by HyperSlit is 0.5 nm which allows collecting high-resolution (1024 spectral bands) crop spectral resolution.

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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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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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