The activities in Future Cropping are divided into nine work packages. The work packages in Future Cropping form what we call ‘the model landscape’.
The vertical work packages (1-3) work across and supports the horizontal work packages (see figure). The horizontal work packages develop technologies and solutions to optimise management during growing season, from soil preparation and plant establishment to harvest (4-8). Further, solutions that can reduce the risk of nitrogen losses from field to aquatic environment is developed (9).
Work Package 1: The Data Platform
One of the challenges of using the ever increasing amounts of data from field operations is that data must be compatible. This way it becomes possible to generate decision support for farmers based on large datasets. The necessary data infrastructure and network are only partially available today. Much data must be placed manually using e.g. USB keys and is thereby never collected. Therefore, one of the major activities of the partnership is to create and develop what we call ‘The Data Platform’. The Data Platform will make it possible to automatically pull data from relevant data sources and secure the correct data quality before transformed these into decision support or e.g. an allocation map.
Participants: Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, SEGES, Agro Intelligence and Agro Business Park.
Work Package 2: Impact Assessment
Work package 2 deals with economic and environmental assessment of the developed technologies. It is important for the partnership to ensure that the developed technologies meet both environmental and economic requirements.
Participants: University of Copenhagen.
Work Package 3: Certification and testing
Technology efficiency, precision and reliability must be documented both to meet the demand from users and authorities. Therefore, participants in this work package are developing a test system designed for new precision technologies and to ensure that the effect and precision of the developed solutions and technologies can be documented according to standardised methods.
Participants: Danish Technological Institute, Agro Business Park, Agro Intelligence and University of Aarhus
Work Package 4: Intelligent tillage and crop establishment
Timing and optimal depth for soil tillage as well as the development of new equipment for tillage and seeding, which can adjust the treatment based on sensor feedback, while driving in the field, is part of work package 4.
Participants: Agro Intelligence, Aarhus University and SEGES.
Work Package 5: Intelligent fertilisation
Work package 5 further develops the method of variable rate application of fertilizer based on data from crop sensors and soil maps. Equipment based on crop sensors are used for variable rate application of nitrogen and methods for detecting phosphorus deficiency are developed. Finally, a new soil analyser is tested.
Participants: Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, Yara Denmark, Agro Intelligence, SEGES and Foss.
Work Package 6: Microbial inoculants
The use of microbial inoculants also called bio-stimulants, which increase yield and reduce the use of resources, is increasing abroad. Whether microbial inoculants will be sufficiently effective in our latitudes is examined in work package 6.
Participants: Novozymes and University of Copenhagen.
Work Package 7: Crop monitoring and Plant Protection
Solutions for crop monitoring and weed mapping using e.g. drones are developed in work package 7. Further, this work package delivers field maps for work package 8.
Participants: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Agro Intelligence and SEGES.
Work Package 8. Intelligent harvest
Developing solutions for traceability, logistic optimisation and sorting of harvested crops according to quality.
Participants: Agro Intelligence, Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen.
Work Package 9. Targeted nutrient regulation and filter technologies
Solutions to reduce the transport of nitrogen from field to the aquatic environment are developed in work package 9. Drain filter technologies are one of the solutions being tested. Technologies for site-specific assessment of the conditions for nitrogen reduction are likewise developed in this work package. These measurements may show whether optimal fertilization is possible without increased risk of nutrient losses.
Participants: Orbicon, Ejlskov, Ramböll, Aarhus University, GEUS and SEGES.