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Publications relating to the FutureFarm project

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A multi-perspective report on application of advanced farm information systems – economics, usability and acceptability

Precision farming and the GPS-system have been prevalent in Europe for about 10-20 years. The early adopters started with yield monitoring and mapping and continued with variable rate application of lime and nitrogen. Later on autoguidance and controlled traffic farming have been adopted among farmers in mainly America, Australia and Europe.

Information models specifying usage processes and data elements

In previous deliverables, the information flows and relevant input data were given for the strategic, tactical and operational planning of the fertiliser operation, as well as its execution and evaluation. The information flow diagrams included the actors and usage processes involved in the overall operation, and specified which information must be encoded in the system, provided by partner/actors, and produced by the system.

Report on optimized fleet management to reduce energy consumption and costs-Rep.1:“Literature Review”

Deliverable 6.3 is titled “Preliminary report on optimized fleet management to reduce energy consumption and costs “. Its objectives are:
a) to investigate the potential savings in energy consumption and production cost by optimising single and multiple machine (fleet) machine usage at the farm level
b) to investigate the required data, information flow and information management for optimised farm mechanization management comprising single machines or fleets of conventional, or autonomous machines.
The deliverable consists of three reports.
Report 1:

Protocols and links for procedures deducing the necessary links with PF-techniques from farming processes into the value added..

Full title: Protocols and links for procedures deducing the necessary links with PF-techniques from farming processes into the value added chain in the production of foods, feed, fibres and fuels with crops 

Report on The potential of on-farm biofuel production

The energy flows of European farms were studied in this paper. The energy balance of two crops that can offer edible oil or oil for energy production was presented. The rape seed is one crop most adapted to the North of Europe and sunflower for the South. The energy balance showed that the energy consumption for production is generally lower than the energy output giving a positive net energy a prerequisite to use them for energy production.

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