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1 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 1 A survey of farm information management and precision farming systems in Europe Geofarmatics, International Conference, 24th-26 th November 2010 Søren Marcus Pedersen, Institute of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen Co authors Lartey Lawson, and Inger Marie Kirketerp, University of Copenhagen Claus Grøn Sørensen and Frank W. Oudshoorn, Aarhus University Liisa Pesonen, MTT Agrifood Research, Finland Spyros Fountas, Thanos Chatzinikos and Simon Blackmore, University of Thessaly, Greece Luzia Herold and Armin Werner (D) Leibniz-Centre for Landscape Research (ZALF)

2 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 2 Contents •Future Farm •About the survey •Demographics •Results •Summary

3 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 3 FUTURE FARM - WP5- Socio-economics and technology assessment The main objective of this work package is to assess the economic and environmental impact on: farm level and regional impact from implementation of information intensive management systems (incl. precision farming) - to assess the adoption and perception among users and stakeholders (farm survey)

4 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 4 About the survey The survey has been carried out in autumn 2009 in the following countries: Greece, Germany, Finland and Denmark with respectively 75, 74, 78 and 182 respondents. In Denmark, 400 questionnaires were posted and distributed among Danish farmers. In Finland, a similar number of questionnaires were posted to Finish farmers combined with the possibility to upload answers on a web-site. In Germany and Greece farmers were mostly approached with personal interviews. The objective was to assess farmers’ perception of farm information management systems and to estimate the time farmers spend on office related tasks and administrative tasks.

5 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 5 Figure 1. Percent of respondents by age group across countries

6 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 6 Farm activities, pct GermanyDenmarkFinlandGreeceAll Crops Hog Beef Dairy Other

7 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 7 Percentage distribution of agricultural land by size across countries

8 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 8 Crops

9 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 9 Number of field staff and yearly employed seasonal/part-time workers. Field staff Seasonal/part time Country Farm unitsMeanStd.Max. MeanStd.Max. Germany Denmark Greece Finland

10 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 10 Average hours spend on office tasks 20 hours pr. week spent by German respondents 7, 3 and 1 hours pr. week respectively for Danish Finnish and Greek.

11 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 11 Allocations of office time budget for administrative activities in %

12 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 12 Out of office time budget time allocated to agricultural related activities in percent

13 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 13 Percentage distribution of the use of automated systems

14 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 14 Use of automated systems, percent CountryGermanyDenmarkFinland Robotic milking system Yes388 Yes/number of dairy farms Automated feeding system Yes Yes/pigs Yes/Livestock Grain-drying system Yes Yes/crops Labelling system Yes314 Field tractor/combine-harvester auto guidance system Yes3294 Yes/number of crop farms32104

15 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 15 Common brands used Popular brands are DeLaval and Lely Astrounaut in Germany and Denmark. The common brands for feeding systems are Big Dutchman, DeLaval, SKOV etc.

16 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 16 Use of precision farming systems, percent DenmarkGermanyFinland Grid soil sampling Directed, management zone soil sampling Yield monitoring, without GPS Yield monitoring Aerial photography Variable rate fertilizer application Variable rate lime application Variable rate pesticide application Soil elevation/topography/conductivity mapping Others

17 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 17 Percent of farms using GPS and Auto guiding across countries

18 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 18

19 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 19 Diffusion of precision farming - Factors that may have an impact (survey in 2001)  Yield potentials and savings  Interdependency between technologies (compatibility)  Specific technical problems  Organisational environment  Competing technologies  Time for arable production versus animal production

20 Place, date, unit, occasion etc. Slide 20 Summary •Several PF systems have been available among farmers for the last 10 years •Farmers have adopted a number of advanced and automated systems for field planning and livestock management systems on their farms incl. Automated Milking Systems, automated feeding systems and field planning/precision farming systems •Farmers are still reluctant to encourage others to use PF systems •There is a potential to reduce the labour time spend on administrative tasks


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