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Publications relating to the FutureFarm project

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Machine-readable encoding for definitions of Management Strategies

WP 4 of FutureFarm is mainly focussed on the Integration of knowledge for compliance to Management Standards into Farm Information Systems. These external Management Standards are published by third parties and explicit decisions by the farm manager are more or less restricted to choose which of the voluntary standards and private labels the farm should comply to. Based on a “Model of decision-making and information flows for information-intensive agriculture” by S. Fountas et al.

Management strategies and practices

Many farmers claim that their main purpose is to make money, but that is too simplistic. Nowadays sustainability and environmental issues are becoming more important. Practices are the management options that apply to a particular sector. Operational elements describe the particular field operations. To be able to manage these forms of complex variability, a co-ordinated approach is required, integrating personal strategies, farm management goals and field operations. The strategies should reflect the values and preferences of the manager in the form of farmmanagement goals.

Final report and documentation specifications of FMIS

During the course of the FutureFarm project, actors and information flows, usage processes and data elements have been modelled and analysed, and functional requirements of FMIS have been determined. This resulting deliverable outlines the system elements and requirements for the proposed FMIS as an integrated and complex set of specifications depending on the farm production type, level of automation and inherent business processes. These specifications have included:

 

Environmental impact with environmental indicators - with precision farming and controlled traffic systems

This report examines the environmental impact from implementing different precision farming systems in arable farming for different crops, wheat, maize, sugar beet and rape seed.  

 

A typology of PF-technologies suitable for farms in the EU nations

Deliverable 7.1 “A typology of Precision Farming Technologies suitable for farms in the EU-nations” focuses on the development of a typology that summarizes and structures the broad and diverse set of techniques constituting precision farming technology. The typology should be applicable to EU-farms. Main characteristics of typologies were extracted and applied to PF. The typology has to cover and is restricted to relevant crops of the EU.

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