This project will make use of all sorts of sensor data (soil scans, soil sensors, drone and satellite images) to fertilize leeks in a way that is customized to the needs of the individual leek plant. In addition, we have also created a knowledge platform about precision techniques in vegetable cultivation.
This approach requires the farmer to buy and integrate multiple PLF-solutions from different providers in the farm depending on the purpose. This is impractical as it increases the deployment, training, and maintenance costs.
for the Flemish government regarding gaseous emissions in naturally-ventilated animal housing (including measurement techniques for the ventilation rate and gases).Dairy cattle: Leen Vandaele
Beef cattle: Karen Goossens Agricultural engineering: Peter DemeyerZootechnical trials in dairy cattleLivestock: feed and digestibility trials with Holstein cows
ILVO, one of the lead partners in IoF2020, coordinates two use cases: one on tracking cows in nature areas together with Sensolus (BE) and Inagro (BE); and one on the optimization of pig farm management together with Evonik Porphyrio (BE), Vion Food Group (NL), ZLTO (NL) and Links Foundation (IT).
The data collected may also be used for other purposes, such as traceability or consumer information.
Why precision livestock farming?
Livestock farmers in Flanders are now managers of increasingly larger operations. The number of animals per farm is increasing in order to continue producing efficiently and economically.
This project is an extension of the earlier research project GOGO, which succeeded in developing marigold cultivation in Flanders as a dual-purpose crop, with harvest of seeds (for oil) and flowers. In GOGO, machine flower harvesting was also realized.
In Europe and Flanders, the focus is also on circular cultivation, where residual or by-product streams from the agri-food industry are used as raw materials: surplus CO2 from the fermenter or nutrient-rich residual water from the food industry are just a few examples.
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