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GeoPard Agriculture Participated in Smart Farming Days Exhibition
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I had a great time at the  Smart Farming Days  exhibition where  GeoPard Agriculture , as a member of the Agrirouter association  DKE Data GmbH & Co. KG , had a stand. It was an excellent opportunity to connect (and reconnect) with  #AgTech  enthusiasts and learn about the latest industry advancements, particularly in machinery data exchange and usage.

Here are some key insights from the event:

Agrirouter  is gaining recognition as a standard in the agricultural industry. More machinery producers are supporting it by default and displaying the “ready for agrirouter” label. In short, Agrirouter is an open data exchange platform that enables seamless data transfer and integration between different agricultural machinery and software solutions.

When discussing trends in  agricultural machinery , I would like to highlight:

  • Versatility , where machines can perform multiple operations in one pass to reduce the number of field visits. For example, the PRIOS 404 exhibited by  GRIMME  combines soil cultivation, potato planting, fertilizing, seed dressing, and ridge shaping.
  • Real-time  calculations on agricultural machinery, such as spot spraying based on computer vision. This approach reduces overall chemical use by targeting specific areas on the run. Check out the exhibited  Ecorobotix ARA .
  • Autonomy  in agricultural machinery.
  • Open data  connectivity.
  Art on the field!


AgTech from technical universities

I was especially pleased to see the great interest in the development of AgTech from  technical universities  to keep up to date with new developments and share knowledge with students, future AgTech innovators. Regards to  Simon Grebner  and  Maximilian Treiber  from the  Technical University of Munich .

Marc Favier from  RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau  is leveraging digital farming software to organize a workshop that aims to  educate farmers  about precision farming technologies.

It was exciting also to see more farmers adopting #PrecisionAg tech. I was asked about high-density soil scanners to prepare VR irrigation and fertilizing. Companies like  geo-konzept GmbH  and  Geoprospectors GmbH  offer soil scanning services, and  GeoPard Agriculture  is a handy tool for transforming the data into actionable VRA strategies.

Reporting Ag inputs applications for regulatory purposes is getting attention as well. Farmers need to record field operations, and machinery data about executed operations simplifies the process. There were solutions presented specifically targeting this topic. At GeoPard Agriculture, we are adding the possibility to generate PDF reports from as-applied maps and other analytics.

Fruitful discussion

I also had the opportunity to discuss various topics with industry experts and business partners:

  • The “ Digital Label Compliance ” initiative, expertly explained by  Martin Herchenbach , aims to use standardized digital labels for crop protection. The labels contain information from authorities and manufacturers on how to use the product. Farmers can access the information by scanning a code on the packaging or directly in the Farm Management Systems, which connects to a centralized database.
  • Spot spraying  was a hot topic, and I had an insightful conversation with  Dr. Robin Mink , co-founder of  SAM-DIMENSION  precision farming start-up. Their service involves flying a drone over a field (just 30 minutes for a 40ha field), running weed detection in the cloud, and creating a spraying map. The spraying is then done by a tractor on the same day (could be even 2-3 hours after flight). It allows for optimizing herbicide usage and avoiding visiting non-weed areas. Since the model is cloud-based it can be easily adjusted and retrained based on the new datasets.
  • Nicole Bartelds  highlighted the reporting for regulations topic and the importance of knowing  historical field operations  for better planning. I am looking forward to her training program for farmers, agronomists, and ag consultants on Precision Ag!
  • Gottfried Pessl  emphasized the value of real-time  weather and soil moisture  data for agricultural operations, yield prediction, and historical weather data for land assessments, particularly in vineyards.
  • The importance of  integrating machinery data  into digital farming solutions through platforms like Agrirouter and JD Operation Center was discussed with  Thomas Schilling
  • With  Nikola Strah  we explored the synergies between high spatial and temporal resolution  Planet   remote sensing data  and ground-level data for agricultural insights.
  • With  Tamme van der Wal  and  Matthias Lautenschläger  we delved into the market readiness for precision agriculture adoption topic, emphasizing the need for reliable, affordable, and easy-to-use technologies for farmers. Separately touched on the use of drones for spraying and authorization challenges in Germany and the Netherlands. Tamme, I hope you write the “30 Years of Precision Ag” book someday!
  Cooperation with Pfeifer & Langen

With former colleagues from Bayer Crop Science, Xarvio

Attending AgTech exhibitions is always an enriching experience. By working collaboratively, we can drive positive change and  make farming more sustainable and efficient .

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