In the agricultural landscape, numerous challenges have been identified, stemming from traditional farming methods. These methods often lead to inefficiencies in plant protection product usage, resulting in increased costs and environmental impact. Moreover, conventional practices may lack precision in crop management, leading to suboptimal resource allocation and potential yield losses. Additionally, farmers face obstacles when adopting new technologies, such as the expenses associated with upgrading equipment and the need for training.

To address these challenges, a solution has been proposed by the Innovation Farm in Mold (Austria): the implementation of Controlled Row Farming (CRF) utilizing Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning guidance systems. CRF aims to revolutionize farming practices by optimizing plant protection product usage through band spraying while maintaining crop yields. Furthermore, it seeks to enhance crop rotation practices by integrating clover sowing between rows, thereby promoting soil health and overall productivity.

The full text of the good practice is available to read and download in PDF format from the AgriSkills 4.0 e-Learning platform, section “Good practices”. You just need to search for it by name using the search box.

You will find additional 45 good practices, initiatives and use cases in the AgriSkills Reference Catalogue titled “AgriSkills Guidebook on Digitalization in Agriculture”.

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