Compost in Precision Agriculture


capsella-compostThe proposed pilot will focus on the reduction of CO2 emissions and will provide support to maximize farming efficiency by improving the sector’s accountability to market and society. Through the aforementioned processes, farmers can prove with facts and figures that they improve soil quality, to landlords’ neighbors, politicians, market partners and consumers.The precision farming compost pilot will run at the innovative potato producer Jacob van den Borne who has experience in measuring potato growth, etc.

In the pilot we measure the effect of adding compost. By means of a soilscanner, which is mounted behind the tractor, Van den Borne measures the organic matter in the soil. He applies compost in 3 ways: no compost, standard application and precision application on basis of soildata.

Every two weeks crop growth organic matter content and other variables are measured. We look for differences in yield between and within the 3 zones in the trial field. All activities are stored in task maps, while harvest of every square meter is put in a harvest map.

Because the effects are difficult to determine, a hackathon has already been organised by Capsella within 2017. In this hackathon, ICT and data experts come together to analyse data, obtain algoritms and start the development of apps.

Among others, questions that might arise are which apps are useful for sustainable soilmanagement? Can I tell my story to people at a better way using online tools? Farmers are given the answers to these questions in the Capsella project. Moreover, these applications can be used to show people what farmers do to manage well the soil and biodiversity.

The pilot is going to undergo two phases of trials: the first took place in 2016 and the second will run in 2017.