The 21st century has seen a rapid increase in the amount of data being collected throughout the agricultural supply chain i.e. from field to fork. For example, farmers use sensors for soil sampling and mobile apps, cameras and drones to monitor pests and diseases, generating huge amounts of data. Recent technological developments in sensors and remote monitoring have increased the volume, variety, velocity and veracity of agricultural data…but how can farmers, agribusinesses and researchers gain real value from all this “big data”?
The challenges and opportunities for agricultural engineering include:
The UK agricultural industry should harness the power of data to support decision-making and ensure future success. There are now hundreds of companies offering everything from farm management software and precision tools to bots and drones, all using the power of big data. However, data experts say 90 per cent of the data collected is wasted.
This conference explored how ‘big data’ is being used to improve agricultural practices, how farmers and technologists should work together to extract the value of ‘big data’ and identify future development opportunities.
The conference was extremely well attended by a broad cross-section of members, students, academic and industry experts - the presentations are below and we hope to update this page with audio recordings of each speaker, which are being edited at the moment.
Click on the poster for the detailed programme
See below for the presentations and download the Delegate Pack for more information about the speakers:
Jane Rickson, IAgrE President - Professor of Soil Science - Cranfield University
Benjamin Turner - COO - Agrimetrics
Oliver Wood - Precision Technology Manager - Hutchinsons
Joachim Stiegemann - Product Manager - CLAAS
Anthony Furness - Visiting Professor - Harper Adams University
Luke Halsey - Farm494 - Royal Agricultural University
Filippo Fassino - Customer Contact Service Director - CNH Industrial
Nick Starkey - Policy Director - Royal Academy of Engineering
Arthur Soames - Head of Sales - Hummingbird Technologies
Ron Corstanje - Professor of Environmental Data - Cranfield University
Mark Rutter - Professor of Applied Animal Behaviour - Harper Adams University
Rob Simmons - Reader in Sustainable Soil Management - Cranfield University
Simon Pearson - Director of LIAT - University of Lincoln