13-14 December 2017. ‘s-Hertogenbosch the Netherlands. AgriFoodTech 2017. Sensors, drones, autonomous robots, smart farming, big data, vision technology, smart LEDs …innovations within the Agri and Food sector are developing rapidly.
Mikrocentrum organized this second edition of AgriFoodTech in cooperation with AgriFoodTech Platform (FME, FNLI, LTO Nederland and 4TU with support of the Ministry of Economic Affairs), GMV, Hightech NL and ZLTO.
Practical information and services to manage soil fertility into the hands of farmers worldwide
If we have to feed 9 billion people on this earth soon, we’ll have to produce much more than we currently do. 60% of crop yields depends on soil fertility, which is not easy to manage. SoilCares has developed a Scanner, which can measure nutrients in soil via an App on a smartphone, in connection with an in-house developed soil database. Using algorithms and calculations, measurements of nutrients together with practical hands-on lime or fertilizer recommendations are sent back within 10 minutes. With different Apps and multiple databases different measurements can be done, SoilCares is currently developing Apps and databases to measure feed and leaf material.
Online tools for innovation in the Agrifood sector
Several freely-available online collaboration tools were developed within the EU-funded projects KATANA and INNO-4-AGRIFOOD. Two are highlighted here: Pragmatic is a marketplace for the precision agriculture in Europe and the other one is an advanced search tool for suitable partners across borders within the Agrifood sector. Learn how you could benefit!
Precision Livestock Farming – an overview
In the livestock sector, data is becoming increasingly important and the use of sensors becomes more common practice. New technologies evolve and (sensor)data are used to maximize animal and herd performance, monitor health and timely detect problems, thus helping the farmer in decision making. Sensors can monitor animals 24/7, detecting problems earlier than a person can. Precision Livestock Farming can improve animal monitoring and on-farm decision-making, thus improving performance of the cows, animal health and welfare and sustainability. In this lecture an overview of new precision livestock technologies for dairy cows, pigs and poultry will be given.