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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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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Costs and unfamiliarity with new technologies are barriers for their implementation

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says Lenny van Erp, Professor (UAS) Precision Livestock Farming, HAS University of Applied Sciences and moderator of the Smart Farming Conference about new technologies.

About Lenny van Erp
Lenny van Erp has an MSc in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Science, with farm animal health and behaviour as her field of expertise. She focuses on precision livestock farming, with projects on (sensor)technology and data in farm animals. At HAS University she initiated the Precision Farming Platform and the Minor Smart Farming.

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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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Photonics is becoming a major player in Agrifood industry

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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”