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Putting Digital Farming into Practice

Smart agriculture is gaining ground. In the Netherlands, the Bayer ForwardFarm Green Heart Farm has started to deploy digital farming solutions. The first results are anticipated by the end of 2017. The expected benefits are higher yields and valuable insights that farmer Jasper Roubos will make available to the Internet of Food & Farm 2020 project (IoF2020). This collaboration – co-funded by the European Union – started in January 2017 with the aim of developing innovative Internet of Things (IoT) solutions by improving and connecting digital applications already available on the European market.

“Digital farming is one of the solutions addressing big challenges in the food system – how to feed the world with double the population and half the resources,” says Dr. George Beers, IoF2020 project manager at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. How? Information (about weather, soil, condition, crop health, etc.) is analyzed using digital solutions to provide farmers with handy decision-making aids, resulting in a better and safer outcome. Jasper Roubos is putting this concept into action. At his Green Heart Farm, he has been successfully using Bayer solutions within the Bayer ForwardFarm concept for years. Now, he also incorporates Bayer’s digital farming tools. “Farms like Green Heart Farm can demonstrate good practices that people can replicate,” Dr. George Beers points out. Read more about the exciting project here.