PotatoEurope is aimed at giving visitors practical tools and insights for precision agriculture in order to take the entire potato chain, both nationally and internationally, to the next level. The organisers have worked with main sponsor Case IH, Aeres University of Applied Sciences and Agrifirm, among others, to initiate a large-scale precision farming project. At PotatoEurope 2017, potatoes grown in the conventional way will be compared with potatoes grown using precision farming methods on an area comprising over 20 hectares, which is truly unique. In addition, there is a live demo of controlled traffic farming with a lane width of 3.15 metres.
The precision farming project is being conducted using the Case IH system. During ploughing, the Case IH Advance Farming System (AFS) was used to determine the soil resistance. This enabled a prescription map to be produced as the basis for variable potato planting.
The crop will be monitored throughout the production season by an unmanned aerial vehicle, the Precision Hawk. The drone is fitted with high-tech cameras enabling the capture of data such as the height and quantity of the plants, the growth index and much more. The images will be processed using particular algorithms and the results will be converted into prescription maps. The potatoes that are planted variably will also be fertilised variably. At the end of the season, location-specific haulm killing will take place. The final cost-price calculations including a practical plan of attack will be presented at PotatoEurope, revealing the differences between precision agriculture and the conventional production methods.
The current floor plan of PotatoEurope 2017 can be found here4 April 2017