Data-driven potato production

In addition to increased competition, European potato producers are facing a series of challenges such as crop pests, diseases and climate change. Hence, this use case adopts a holistic approach based on research and a unique blend of cutting-edge technologies while offering inexpensive yet valuable advice to farmers. An innovative, market-ready smart farming solution supports irrigation, pest management and fertilisation. The use case employs a network of telemetric IoT stations, installed in potato fields, to automatically collect atmospheric and soil data, which are combined with satellite data as well as information about agricultural activities provided by the producers themselves. In addition, it uses scientific models tailored to the specificities of the geographic areas, the different potato varieties and the requirements of the targeted markets. The results feed the validation of an innovative business model especially designed form SMEs and small-scale farmers, which is based on sharing profits, stemming from the reduction of costs and selling data to third parties, while farmers remain in control of their data.

Specific goals

  • Facilitate the uptake of IoT technologies among farmers, building on existing cooperatives;
  • Provide a close-to-market solution for a more efficient use of resources;
  • Deploy and operate a network of IoT telemetric stations, measuring weather and soil conditions;
  • Ensure the interoperability and data protection of models along with mechanisms for knowledge extraction and decision support;
  • Engage the local ecosystem of stakeholders in each country in co-design and testing;
  • Develop a modular and adaptable system that can be exploited in various business cases.

Expected results

  • Nitrogen use efficiency +15% (€ 105 / ha / year)
  • Pesticides use -15% (€ 37,5 / ha / year)
  • Water consumption -25% (€ 132,5 / ha / year)
  • Total inputs costs -19% (€ 275 / ha / year)
  • Value increase of the product due to higher quality +10%


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