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Agri Yield Management - DACOM

Agri Yield Management: Practical solutions for profitable and sustainable agriculture based on advanced technology.

Abstract:
The globally increasing demand for food and crops for bio fuels is outpacing the agricultural production capacity. Farm input costs are related to the ever rising costs of energy, forcing the economic need to minimize inputs for crop production. Environmental concerns and the availability of usable irrigation water put pressure on sustainable crop production. Growing more food with fewer resources poses a great challenge for the agricultural sector. Agri Yield Management (AYM) systems provide the farmer with the necessary tools to achieve this goal. This paper will explain how AYM systems can contribute to provide a solution to grow more food with fewer recourses. This will be done by an explanation of the AYM system developed by Dacom in The Netherlands. This system makes use of advanced technologies like intelligent sensors, internet and GPS. Software combines the collected information into practical solutions that supports the farmer in his daily operations. This AYM system is unique because it integrates multiple aspects of the crop production such as water, chemicals and fertilizer in relation to the yield. Precision timing and using the right product has proven to be profitable through the years. Challenges are the real-time collection of reliable crop environment information and methods for adaptation of these innovative systems by farmers to change from traditional practices to new AYM methods. Introduction Availability of food always has been a concern for humans. To be less independent from nature, in an early stage agricultural practices have been developed. The increase of the agricultural production in the last half century has outpaced the expansion of the world population. Although famines occur in different places of the world, the per capita average production is sufficient to feed the world population. The increase in agricultural production, called the first revolution, was caused by mechanization, invention of artificial fertilizer and improvements in varieties. However the last 10 years, this trend was clearly broken by a leveling off of the food production. In the first half of the last century, the world population increased by “only” 0.9 billion persons. But from 1950 till today, the world population showed a dramatic increase from about 2.5 billion persons to about 6 billion. The United Nations predict this trend to go on for at least 50 years. By 2050 the world population will be around 9 billion persons. Continuation of these trends of population growth and production levels that fall behind create a situation of an absolute global food shortage. As defined by the United Nations, it is a basic human right to have sufficient and safe food and water. “Availability” of food depends on the actual possibility to get food, either by growing it locally or by buying it at the world market. Parts of the world will always be able to produce an excessive amount of food to put on the market. Other parts of the world will be able to buy this food to supplement their own production. But the vulnerable area’s for food shortage will increase because of decreasing local production and often lack of funds. Another threat to the food availability is the increasing demand for crops for bio fuels. The predicted food shortage can only be reduced by increasing the production in the typical agricultural regions. However also much attention should be paid to the vulnerable regions to secure local grown food to be less dependent on the world market. The leveling off of the agricultural production is caused by a multitude of factors. In general the availability of proper farming land and of production circumstances define the actual production. Political instability, unavailable proper management, lack of capital to buy seed, fertilizer, crop protection chemicals and machinery or even the availability of these items cause undesirable production circumstances. In other regions environmental concerns put pressure on sustainable crop production. A key component for global food security is the availability of irrigation water. With the implementation of existing technology and knowledge, it has been proven that substantial amounts of irrigation water can be saved and therefore increasing the sustainability of the food production. The basic right to sufficient and safe food and water for the growing global population puts a large responsibility to all concerned with the production of food. Growing more food with fewer resources poses a great challenge for the agricultural sector. In order to achieve this, a second revolution to increase in agricultural production is needed. In this paper we will explain how Agri Yield Management systems will contribute to achieve the second revolution.

We invite you to read the rest of the article where DACOM explains about their solutions for profitable and sustainable agriculture based on advanced technology. You can find the whole article on the following link: http://www.calameo.com/read/00307959501c1351fea08


Authors: J. Hadders, J.W.M. Hadders,. A. Rol, Dacom B.V., P.O. Box 2243, 7801 CE Emmen, Netherlands, alfred.rol@dacom.nl
Key words: sensors, software, arable farming, crops, sustainable agriculture

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Potato Events 2012

Argentina

January 12th - 15th 2012

Fiesta Nacional de la Papa in Villa Dolores

March 15th - 18th 2012

35th Fiesta de la Papa in Otamendi.

March 16th 2012

Field Demonstration Dewulf Potato Harvester 2060 and Baselier Rotary Ridging cultivator

March 14th -17th 2013

36th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various activities, especially the reception for GITAH Field Mission 2012 participants

March 16th 2013

Manter Packing Demonstration in Nesmaral - Potato producer and packer for the fresh market. San Martín 296 Cdte. Nicanor Otamendi - Provincia de Buenos Aires.

March 16th 2013

Omnivent Storage Demonstration in Sol del Este

November 29th 2013

Jornada Técnia AgroPapa in Córdoba.

March 20th - 23th 2014

37th Fiesta Provincial de la Papa in Otamendi. Gitah will have its own stand and will perform various field demonstrations.

April 24th, 2014

Packaging and Marketing Workshop at Nesmaral, Otamendi

Brazil

April 30th - May 4th 2012

Agrishow, Riberao Preto

June 20th - 22th 2012

Hortitec 2012, Holambra, SP

September 17th - 20th 2012

XXV ALAP Congress , Uberlândia, MG. http://www.alap2012.com/

The Netherlands

August 22th 2012

Potato Demo Days Westmaas

November 10th - 16th 2013

Agritechnica 2013. At the world’s leading international exhibition for agricultural machinery and equipment, exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting their products and services for professional plant production.

September 11th - 12th 2013

PotatoEurope 2013. This event will be the heart of the international potato industry, where colleagues, clients, potential clients, suppliers, researchers and all other services in the potato chain will be gathered.

Sept. 2013

Gitah Potato Mission and visit to Potato Europe in Emmeloord, Netherlands. Dutch farmers and companies will be visited, in order to give the visitors an insight in how the Dutch potato sector is organised and how it performs.

France

Sept. 12th - 13th 2012

Potato Europe, Villers-Saint-Christophe, France

Colombia

September 28th - October 2nd 2014

Congress of the Latin-American Association of Potato (ALAP).

Germany

September 3rd - 4th 2014

Potato Europe , Bockerode (Hannover)