Within-field management zoning

In Europe, arable farming faces increasing requirements and challenges when it comes to resource efficiency, environmental protection, transparency and chain optimization. Therefore, this use case aims to support farmers to manage their holdings more efficiently and achieve better interaction with their environment. The use case shows how data from different types of sensors (soil moisture, soil organic matter, climate, etc.) can be used to predict yields, define management zones and prepare task maps for farm equipment (e.g. variable application of herbicides, water and fertilizers). The use case will also explore how data can be shared within chains to optimise efficiency.


increase in crop yield


use of pesticides


in crop quality

Specific goals

  • Develop specific IoT devices for the collection of soil, crop and climate data in the production and storage of key arable crops;
  • Expand knowledge on plant growth conditions in different climate zones through enhanced data collection;
  • Link IoT devices to existing sensor networks (e.g. earth observation systems), crop growth models, yield gap analysis tools and relevant databases (e.g. economic and environmental impact data) in farm management systems;
  • Explore which challenges need to be tackled for the broad implementation of IoT technologies in the arable farming sector;
  • Showcase the benefits of IoT technologies at farm level.

Expected results

  • Crop yield +5% 
  • Crop quality +15%
  • Variable costs -5% per kg
  • Effective use-time of machinery and employee time +15%
  • Pesticide use -20%
  • Fertiliser use - 20%
  • CO2 emissions -15%

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