Digital Data Analysis for Agribusiness Development in Finland

Digital solutions for data management to help farmers find a wider application among the projects of the operational innovation clusters set up and functioning within the European Innovation Partnership. Here we are introducing you to the activities of the MIKÄ DATA Operational Group in Finland.

Their representative will take part in the practical part of the High-Level Forum on Digital Agriculture “Together for Strong Digital Agriculture” to be held from 18 to 20 April 2018 under the Program of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Organizers of the event are the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Institute for Agro-Science and Innovation, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

There is an increasing need for decision-making tools that can help manage farms while being easily accessible to farmers. Particular attention is paid to those instruments that take into account existing variability in soil and nutrients.

The focus of these issues was the MIKÄ DATA Operational Group in Finland, which in the period 01 01 2017 – 31 12 2019 implements project under measure 16 of the RDP with a budget of a total value of 395 000 euro. The Task Force was formed by representatives of the Tampere Technical University, Pro Agria Rural Advisory Services and a group of farmers.

The main objective of the Finnish MIKÄ DATA Task Force is to create an intelligent network service to support farm decision making by providing easy access data. An essential part of the development of digital application is to take into account the specific conditions of the holding – soil type and nutrient stock. The Task Force has also set itself the objective of collecting and analyzing data from different sources.

Among the expected results of the project implementation, farmers have access to an intelligent data management service where they can download different types of field data and receive automated analysis and visualizations. Farmers will have access to information on changes in soil and nutrients as a result of these analyzes.

Since the beginning of the project implementation, the initial version of the data management service has been created. Field data is generated from several sources – the ESA ESA, commercial satellites and drones. Data generated by N-sensors is also used, a technology that has become a benchmark for precision farming, ensuring that proper and optimal fertilization rates are applied to the individual parts of the field.

The publication is based on EIP – AGRI materials

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