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, connected agriculture.

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

365Crop App

365Crop App

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

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365Cattle App

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

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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