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ICT for Decision Making in Farming

Project Leader
Manschadi Ahmad M., Project Leader
Duration:
01.09.2017-31.08.2021
Programme:
Research Studios Austria
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Altirdning 11 , 8952 IRDNING, Austria.
Contact person: Erich Pötsch;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Eitzinger Josef, Project Staff
Kaul Hans-Peter, Project Staff
Bodner Gernot, Project Staff
Friedel Jürgen Kurt, Project Staff
Vuolo Francesco, Project Staff
Fuchs Wolfgang, Project Staff
Klingler Andreas, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Division of Organic Farming
Institute of Agronomy
Institute of Meteorology and Climatology
Institute of Surveying, Remote Sensing and Land Information
Subproject(s):
Innovative technologies for smart agriculture (FarmIT)
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Abstract
Crop and grassland systems provide the resources necessary to support all of us with safe and sufficient food. However, the significance and pace of economic and environmental changes and threats (e.g., climate change, water scarcity, soil degradation, trade agreements) demand new approaches to efficiently support decision makers in the agricultural sector (i.e., farmers, advisors, and policy makers). Recent advances in information technologies, sensor-based plant/soil monitoring, and remote sensing have facilitated extensive data collection and processing in agricultural systems. However, the lack of transparent, interactive, and easy-to-understand software for data management and interpretation has widely been identified as a key limiting factor for the adoption of new technologies by stakeholders. It is evident that recent developments are lacking the involvement of farmers and other stakeholders in the setting of research priorities and for the application of research. The Research Studio FARM/IT will address these shortcomings and provide the following contributions:
1. Establish a highly interdisciplinary, long-term research collaboration between TU and BOKU mastering recent and upcoming challenges in farming systems. The consortium aims to establish the first academic think tank related to smart farming in Austria.
2. Designing and developing cost-effective and user-friendly ICT components for improving the management and optimization of conventional and organic farming systems. We aim to make scientific concepts available to decision makers and to allow stakeholders to efficiently use the magnitude of data for strategic and tactical decision-making. FARM/IT will provide a web-based discussion support system that allows decision makers to overlook the multitude of decision parameters and the high degree of uncertainty in the management of farming systems and support them in interactively evaluating the consequences of their actions in economic, environmental and political terms. We believe communication of meaningful, concise information to the stakeholders is the best way to achieve behavioural change.
3. Providing knowledge transfer and sharing between academia and stakeholders, such as farmers, agricultural companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The early involvement of major stakeholders from international academia (Hohenheim and Kiel universities (DE), Lincoln University (NZ)), governmental (HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Victoria Government (AU)), non-governmental (Landwirtschaftskammer), companies (PAS Peschak), software providers (LincolnAgritech (NZ)), and farmers, will ensure the market relevance of the research provided by FARM/IT.
Keywords
Computer simulation; Cultivation of land; Cultivation of land; Agricultural engineering; Sustainable agriculture;
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