SIP Leader: Tomaz Bokan (ITC)
Sector: Arable farming
Countries Involved: Slovenia, Ukraine
ITC: SIP leader, ADS provider
Farmers involved: Arable farmers Pomurje (3rd party through KGZS) – 5 farmers
Are We Farming as Smart as We Can?
Many existing farm practices are not harnessing the full potential of available data and tools, leading to suboptimal results in arable farming production. To maximize efficiency, there is a need to optimize fertilization and spraying processes, which will ultimately lead to reduced costs and the more efficient utilization of valuable resources.
What will SIP 5 do?
SIP 5 aims to enhance the existing Farm Manager application used by farming advisors and leverage the Farmtopia software components to provide a sophisticated SF/DSS solution under My Farm module. This solution will focus on optimizing fertilization, pesticide usage, and harvest planning while harnessing additional freely available data sources. By doing so, it aims to minimize environmental impacts and promote long-term improvements in soil quality. Utilizing a range of digital technologies, including Sentinel EO, UAVs, IoT weather stations, soil sensors, insect e-traps, and a comprehensive soil analysis database, SIP 5 aims to achieve these sustainability and efficiency goals.
The business model of SIP5 is structured around the IAF’s Farm Manager application, a tool utilized by the advisory service and offered to farmers either for free, primarily, or through specific advantageous commercial arrangements. Governance matters revolve around data exchange with the IAF, ownership and control of farm data, as well as the practice of benchmarking.
The measurable results expected from SIP5 are 25 performed targeted fertilisations, potential for ≥25% reduced fertilizers‘ use and potential for ≥10% reduced production costs.