Smart Farming –
controlling operations by smartphone.

For many people, the importance of smartphones is growing constantly, not only in a professional context but also in everyday life. Digital technologies are having a greater influence than ever on work processes and daily life. The “Smart Home” concept is now being used in many households. Houses or apartments can be controlled by smartphone: opening and closing windows, regulating heating and turning lights on and off. In agriculture, the use of smartphones to record and manage operating procedures is on the rise – Smart Farming is finding its way onto farms. This is leading to changes in the processes themselves – making it easier to save resources, increase yields and manage the land in a more sustainable way.

Functions of Smart Farming

Smart Farming comprises functions or services such as GPS-controlled machines, smartphone apps and sensors that measure chlorophyll content in order to draw conclusions about the nutrient supply. Knowledge of the nutrient supply in turn allows appropriate fertilisation and thus saves resources. As a result, practical application maps can be drawn up and used to ensure pinpoint-accurate fertilisation.

The focus is also on information and communication technology. Through independent machine communication, data can be exchanged through interfaces and can also be displayed via smartphone apps. As a result of the information collected, farmers can make decisions about individual field or site-specific applications. Statements about the soil condition, e.g. soil moisture, can also be made, so that irrigation systems can be adapted accordingly. Finally, Smart Farming provides support for management decisions based on digital data collection.

Smart Farming support in Europe

In other European countries as well, Smart Farming is a digital approach to generating higher yields and using fewer resources. For this to take full effect, the European Commission has made an effort to ensure that the digital transformation also extends to agriculture. This was noted in the communication entitled “Digitising European Industry”. The aim is to ensure that the digital transformation is put in practice across the board, regardless of sector, location and operating size.

Furthermore, the EU funding initiative “Horizon 2020” has set up a project to develop an open digital platform for all agricultural applications in all European countries. This should transcend the borders of functionality between different systems and machines and enable new business models within the framework of data-based agriculture. The goal is a digital, inter-European exchange of agricultural practices, such as more efficient management methods.

However, in order for such systems and application to function smoothly, a comprehensive broadband expansion is required. For this purpose, consultancy offices in Europe are dealing with local and national authorities with regard to the investment opportunities for this development, and informing companies and citizens about better access opportunities.

Smartphone apps from 365FarmNet

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365Crop App

Document crop production activities quickly and easily with smartphone cross compliance.

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365Cattle App

All actions relating to livestock can be documented where they happen: in the stall or in the pasture. Mobile and flexible!

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365Pocket App

Independent and free documentation for all operating procedures with additional export function.

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Now new in the 365Pocket app: Pre-formatted Excel export

In order to continuously improve the functionality of the 365Pocket app, there are some new features now available within the app. These include:

  • An additional Excel export of work processes that show the data in a pre-formatted table.
  • The option to edit individual images in the areas of “Operations” and “Administration”.
  • A reset of the app to factory settings if a restart is desired.
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