Big Data can improve decision making for farmers and fishermen. The project 'Data-driven bio-economy' (DataBio) demonstrates the benefits of Big Data technologies in the production of raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fisheries. DataBio helps the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Successful agricultural operations depend on crop monitoring for nutrients, irrigation, diseases, and overall plant health. Traditionally this has been carried out by visual examination of crops on the ground. However, these methods are limited and only fighting the symptoms instead of proactively preventing them. Fortunately, precision agriculture provides solutions using artificial intelligence and hyperspectral imaging for optimized crop yield and fertilization while reducing environmental impact. The key is targeted application rather than whole-field treatment. But let’s not put the cart before the horse and define the underlying concepts before we dive deeper into the matter.
How can we continue to keep food production viable for ourselves and at the same time for our planet in a world where natural resources are becoming scarcer? One possible answer to this question can be aquaponics, a unique method of growing food that uses the normal functions of plants and fish to produce large amounts of food in compact spaces.
With the European Commission’s wishes to promote free Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens and visitors in public spaces in Europe through WiFi4EU, taking stock of the current development in rural areas seems appropriate. Our IoF2020 platform is showcasing the implementation of innovative technologies using the Internet of Things (IoT) in agriculture. The underlying premise for the proliferation of such innovations is an extensive connectivity, particularly in rural areas with high agricultural activity. Let’s have a closer look at this crucial connectivity.
We have yet to fully exploit the potential of information technologies. Among the multiple benefits they are offering, is the capacity to enable, empower, and incite tool sharing. One of them are decision support systems (DSS) which already have an important place within the precision agriculture approach.
Within the project of SmartDairyFarming (SDF) companies, knowledge institutes and dairy farmers work together to improve animal health, fertility, sustainability and nutrition through an optimal combination of technology and data from the farm and involved partners.
This week, the IoF2020 project celebrates its first anniversary in Almería, Spain. We are getting ready to reap the first fruits towards the large-scale implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) in the European farming and food sector.
The sustainable management of water and other precious natural resources is one of the defining challenges of our time and a main concern for farmers and public authorities alike. The demand of those resources grows simultaneously with the population, so it would become scarcer over time. Fortunately, we now have a solution for water conservation, which is especially good news for those farms located in drought-stricken areas, such as Spain. Smart water management technologies using data derived from sensors to monitor fields in real-time can help to mitigate the severity of droughts in the future.
The assumption for this gloomy outlook is based on a recent trend that is expected to continue if we don’t take action. Almost 80 % of our food supply depends on, or at least benefits from, the pollination insects provide. This corresponds to an estimated €5 billion of annual EU agricultural output directly attributed to pollinators and even more in macroeconomic terms (world food supply, impact on commodity prices). Multiple drivers are responsible for the unfortunate situation of significant decline in pollinator abundance and diversity.