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Using of the power of nature in food production. Ecological principles lead us to mixed cropping systems: narrow strips of different crops helping natural enemies to find a good biotope. Controlled traffic farming prevent soil compaction and improve moisture availability. New technologies are needed to support this transition. Together with 10 business partners we are looking for working solutions in 8 (sub) work packages.
The work packages are:
- Transition pathways: What scenarios hoe zit de landbouw eruit in 2040? Welke scenario’s zijn denkbaar? En welke eerste stappen moeten gezet worden?
- Integration of sensors, decision support and actuation specific operations in the field: A: Automated detection and control of pests and diseases in crops. B: Disease detection in seed potatoes. C: Detection and control of potato volunteer plants and other weeds. D: detection of plant species and classification systems of vegetations in field margins. E: detection and management of fauna to be protected in crops. F: R&D on other crop management activities
- Design and test of small scale infrastructure at farm level for IT and power supply
Invitation to the network and knowledge event AGROS: “Data and intelligence in horticulture, arable farming and dairy”
Date: Wednesday April 5, 2023 Time: 13:00 – 17:00 Venue: WUR Greenhouse Horticulture, Violierenweg 1, Bleiswijk, The Netherlands Complexity of systems in greenhouse horticulture, arable farming and dairy is increasing, and society demands sustainable production systems. Current farming systems can only meet this demand to a limited extent. The way forward involves [ … ]
Scenarios for smart mixed cropping systems of 2040
Thinking about the future of smart mixed cropping systems is not only an interesting thought experiment, but also a good way to prepare for the future and associated challenges. Within AGROS, we have developed three future scenarios and corresponding transition paths together with stakeholders. These scenarios are explorations of the future and we have used [ … ]
Future Infrastructure for Energy on farms
Energy transition is happening in all sectors of society. Also on the arable farm in the field of energy use a lot is going to change. Within the AGROS work package “Infrastructure for Energy” we are analyzing the alternatives on arable farms. The EU policy document Farm2Fork as well as the Green Deal described that [ … ]
AGROS weed control
The use of crop protection products is under pressure. It is an important part of the EU’s Farm2Fork strategy, but in the Netherlands, too, efforts to reduce use have been underway for a long time. In the meantime, many agents are on the “Candidates for Substitution” list, agents that should no longer be used in [ … ]
First meeting AGROS – Exchange between the three sectors
On May 31, 2022 representatives of the 3 sectors were invited to share experiences within AGROS. Some 20 participants listened to the visions that are the basis for the activities per sector. Renske Landeweert (IMEC-One Planet) kicked off with their vision on the developments in data use. IMEC-One Planet works at the forefront of chip [ … ]
The AGROS program
The AGROS programme is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and 29 private partners, with funding provided by two of the Top Sectors programmes: Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials. AGROS stands for ‘Evolution to sustainable AGRicultural Operation Systems’. The main goal is to develop tools that can support production that is based on natural, biological and ecological processes and thereby steer production towards sustainable use of inputs like energy, water, plant protection, products and labour. The knowledge obtained from the research and experiments, and the professional guidance provided will benefit the participating arable and dairy farmers, greenhouse growers and technology companies. Over the next four years, the business community and the government will invest more than €6.5 million in this programme.