Precision farming in focus

On Monday, June 26th, the Future Cropping partnership had organized a demonstration day at Hans de Neergaards farm, Vindumovergaard. The approximately 60 participants from the agro-technology industry, the advisory service and the farming community had a taste of some the technologies and services developed by the project.
Impressions from the demonstration day “Precision agriculture – the tillage practice of the future” held at Vindumovergaard on June 26th 2017.

By Anna Marie Thierry and Kathrine Hauge Madsen, translated by Kirstine Dahlgaard

Approximately 60 participants from the agro-technology industry, local advisory services and the universities met at the demonstration afternoon at Hans de Neergaard’s farm, Vindumovergaard. The purpose was to demonstrate chosen activities in the Future Cropping partnership and to discuss with the agro-technology industry whether the partnership is on the right track.

The meeting started with a presentation of solutions and technologies developed in Future Cropping (see photo 1-6). It was possible to learn about the selected technologies at posts placed around at the property. For instance, Agro Intelligence has developed a seeder (photo 2), which can place the seeds at an even depth regardless of the soil compaction. This ensures a more even crop establishment. Yara Denmark and SEGES have conducted stripe trials with variable rate application of nitrogen-fertilizer and sensor measurements (photo 6). In this way, it is possible to calculate optimal N-supply across the variating area of the field and thereby calculate the yield increase of variable rate application. Novozymes has tested microbial inoculants in the field to investigate whether the increases in yield seen for instance in the USA will also apply to Denmark (photo 5). The universities of Copenhagen and Aarhus work with drones and presented how, in the future, drones will be of help to the farmer (photo 4). It was possible to learn more about Ejlskov’s probe, which can measure redox-levels in soil and thereby function as a tool to assessing the risk of nitrogen leaching from the field (photo 3).

After the tour, presentations were given about topics such as the partnership’s view of how precision farming can increase profits in Danish agriculture. Also the Ministry of Environment and Food came by and talked about precision farming as a possible agent in the targeted regulation. The day ended off with a debate in the Showroom at Vindumovergaard, where representatives from the engineering industry had following advice for the partnership:

“Communicate the results internationally and clarify that the technology adds value to the farmers. Then the message will spread like rings in the water.”
“Show that the technology is applicable in practice and that use of it pays off for the farmer.”
“Make sure to sell the idea of increased application of precision farming and –technology to the agriculture consultants.”

Additional advice from the participants to the partnership included:
“The engineering industry should get together in relation to usability for the farmer.”
“Trust in the new technologies should be established through proper documentation of the technology.”
“It should be simple to transfer and protect data.”
“Education for farmers should be available.”
“Precision farming should secure a double bottom line which addresses both the farmer’s bottom line and the green bottom line of the environment.”

 

1. THE DEMONSTRATION DAY AT VINDUMOVERGAARD IN THE SHOWROOM OF THE FARM. THE PARTICIPANTS WERE MAINLY FROM THE AGRO-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND ADVISORY SERVICE ALONG WITH FUTURE CROPPING PARTICIPANTS. PHOTO: OLE GREEN SØREN KIRKEGAARD NIELSEN FROM AGRO INTELLIGENCE DEMONSTRATED A PRECISION SEEDER, WHICH CAN PLACE THE SEEDS AT AN EVEN DEPTH ALL OVER THE FIELD. PHOTO: OLE GREEN 3. IVAN VELO FROM EJLSKOV EXPLAINS ABOUT THE REDOX PROBE, WHICH IS BEING DEVELOPED TOGETHER WITH AU AND GEUS, AND DESCRIBES HOW IT IS DRILLED INTO THE SOIL FOR THE MEASUREMENTS. PHOTO: OLE GREEN 4. RASMUS NYHOLM JØRGENSEN, AARHUS UNIVERSITY, AND JESPER RASMUSSEN, UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN, TALKED ABOUT FUTURE POSSIBILITIES WITH DRONES. PHOTO: OLE GREEN 5. JEANNE KJÆR FROM NOVOZYMES TALKED ABOUT THE TRIALS WITH MICROBIAL INOCULANTS, WHICH ARE CONDUCTED WITH THE OBJECTIVE TO INCREASE CROP GROWTH. PHOTO: OLE GREEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. JESPER ULNITZ FROM YARA DENMARK AND METTE LANGGAARD JENSEN FROM SEGES TALKED ABOUT THE STRIPE TRIALS WITH VARIABLE RATE N-APPLICATION. PHOTO: OLE GREEN 7. OUR HOST, HANS DE NEERGAARD, WHO WAS ONE OF THE FIRST FARMERS IN DENMARK TO IMPLEMENT PRECISION FARMING, TALKED ABOUT THE PRACTICAL CHALLENGES. PHOTO: OLE GREEN 8. ANNE LOUISE SKOV JENSEN, AGRO BUSINESS PARK, LED THE DEBATE WITH THE ATTENDING REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AGRO-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY. PHOTO: OLE GREEN