Agriculture today faces major challenges. It has to produce high-quality food and raw materials, but increasingly it also has to take into account requirements for the protection of soil, water, climate, and biodiversity.
The Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) has long been conducting research on these challenges and is now testing the GeoPard precision agriculture platform for its Future Crop Farming project.
Dmitry Dementiev, CEO and Co-Founder of GeoPard: “Traditional crop farming methods often face challenges such as inefficient resource management and limited access to real-time data. These factors can lead to suboptimal crop yields, increased costs, and environmental strain.”
GeoPard’s platform provides LfL with a centralized platform to visualize and analyze critical farming data. The platform’s user-friendly interface permits the combination of satellite data and experimental data from the field trial, simplifying complex data interpretation and empowering users to make informed choices that optimize productivity and sustainability.
The field was divided into sections to showcase a specific setup for the trial: LfL has implemented a strip intercropping system, i.e., the simultaneous cultivation of multiple crops in parallel strips in the same field.
These strips can subsequently be employed separately in equations for inputs (such as fertilizer and plant protection) and yield results, enabling the computation of overall field
profit. Moreover, the profits generated by individual crops and the possible impacts at the edges between strips can be assessed.
The collaboration between LfL and GeoPard through the Future Crop Farming project can move forward analysis tools for unconventional field structures.
By leveraging GeoPard’s advanced platform, it can complement its research results and create valuable visualizations for communicating insights from the project to the public.
With a focus on precision farming, productivity, and environmental stewardship, the innovative LfL project showcases the potential for a more sustainable future in crop farming.
PD Dr. Markus Gandorfer, Head of Digitalization and Project Lead at LfL: “It is a pleasure for us to work with the enthusiastic GeoPard team. Deeper insights into our strip-intercropping data enabled by the GeoPard tool are very valuable to us.”
Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) The Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture (LfL) is the knowledge and service center for agriculture in Bavaria. The applied research of the LfL takes up issues of agricultural practice and provides applicable solutions for agricultural enterprises in various ways.
The interdisciplinary Future Crop Farming project is located in Ruhstorf a.d. Rott in southeastern Bavaria. More information about the project can be found on the project website: http://www.future-crop-farming.de
GeoPard Agriculture is a leading provider of precision farming software. The company was founded in 2019 in Cologne, Germany, and is represented globally. The company offers a range of solutions that help farmers to optimize their operations and increase yields.
With a focus on sustainability and regenerative economics, GeoPard Agriculture aims to promote precision farming practices around the world.
The company’s partners include such well-known brands as John Deere, Corteva Agriscience, ICL, Pfeifer & Langen, IOWA Soybean Association, Kernel, MHP, SureGrowth, and many others.