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This paper describes the initial costs structure and potential benefits and savings from different precision farming technologies and farm information management systems (FIMS) in arable farming. Focus is on the potential costs and benefits at the farm level of different intelligent and information-intensive systems used in the production of commonly grown crops. So far most of these commercial and pre-commercial systems have been applied in cereal production, but for some of these systems they may be adapted for use in other cropping systems.  

 

The outcome of this study includes a description of the likely cost structure and potential benefits and savings from different farm management information systems which allow for more intelligent decisions about the use of different input sources and treatments for common crop rotations in Europe. The study is based on discussions among FutureFarm partners and visits to field sites in Denmark, Germany and Check Republic. A systems description includes the following PF and information systems:

  • Variable rate lime application
  • Variable rate fertilizer application systems
  • Variable rate pesticide application
  • Auto-guidance systems and controlled traffic
  • Variable rate seeding and
  • Information management of areal subsidies

For each system is outlined a reference technology and the additional equipment that is needed to carry out the task compared to conventional practices.  

In addition, the potential costs and benefits at farm level for these advanced technologies and information systems are described in a schematic form. This baseline description is a background study for the following tasks in WP5. WP 5.4 include an economic assessment of selected systems for cereal production in Europe. Potential benefits related to these systems such as input savings, labour and fuel savings and yields improvements are assessed and will be further analyzed. This report has partly been presented in (Pedersen  et. al 2009). 

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