WP 7: Generalisation, integration, application and dissemination


Work Package Leader(s): Armin Werner (Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, DE), werner [at] zalf [dot] de

Involved Partners: 
Cranfield University, UK
PROGIS Software AG, AU

The main task of workpackage 7 is to generalise and disseminate the results of the project and the potentials of information-driven technologies, e.g. precision farming, with respect to the future farm-types in the EU member states. Project results will be disseminated on (i) the EU level, (ii) regional and national level and (iii) on the farm level.
Regarding the generalisation of information driven technologies the first task of workpackage 7 is to derive a typology of PF-technologies suitable for EU-farmers. The complexity of technologies for information driven crop production will be structured with a systematic typology. This typology will focus on archetypes of PF-technologies and their typical variations within the overall scheme of techniques and procedures around the information-oriented production of crops. Based on these results a typology of farms and farming regions depicting the degree of potential economic and ecological benefits when applying PF-technologies will be developed. This generic farm-typology contains specific information on the potential impacts of PF-technologies on typical European farms.
As an example the for the potentials of online data acquisition for the Farm Management Information System online soil characterisation is used as a case study. Information on actual situations of sites (soil, relief) and canopy are relevant for decision making and quality control in the crop management. It has to be analysed and standardized which procedures are necessary to integrate online-sensor data into a Farm-MIS and how to implement this under practical farming conditions.
To use the FMIS, as one core result of FutureFarm, for stakeholders in the value-added chain the necessary links in information transfer between the crop production processes and the value-added chain are analysed. Demands from within the value added chain will be identified to comply with an integrative crop production of future farms in the EU.
Last but not least, the applicability of concepts, methods and results of the FutureFarm project will be analysed under practical farming conditions. For this purpose, four pilot farms situated in Greece, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Germany will give feedback on the project results.
The slides available below from the FutureFarm kick-off meeting describe the planned work in WP7.

Deliverables resulting from the work within this WP:
7.1 Typology of PF-technologies
7.2 Web-portal for knowledge exchange and illustrating PF-technologies to farmers
7.3 Typology of farms and regions in EU states assessing the impacts of PF-technologies in EU-farms
7.4 Protocols for deducing and implementing necessary links between farms and value-added chains with PF-techniques
7.5 Analysis of key results of FutureFarm with stakeholders on-farm
7.6 Methods and procedures to automatically collect and manage online information in FMIS (example: soil-data)

WP7-Kickoff-meeting.pdf1.45 MB
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