Friday, June 3, 2016

New technologies – The farm of the future scale – La France Agricole

New Technologies



© A. Magnard / GFA

in the Somme, an operating 340 hectares is affected by the implementation of innovative and connected techniques. It opened its doors this Thursday, June 2, 2016. Report.

What will the farm of the future? Many experts agree that the current agricultural model patina: yields no longer increase, resistance to plant protection products are increasing and more and more molecules are prohibited. No question as to go back: today, drones, robots and devices connected develop to make it easier for farmers

This is to create a permanent showcase of innovations that. an entire farm has been assigned to the experiment: agroecology farm 3.0, to Aizecourt-le-Haut, in the sum. It opened its doors today to farmers and technicians eager for new technologies. While many demonstrations were planned, wet and windy weather has grounded drones and agricultural machines.

The drones have attracted visitors, even if they were grounded due to weather conditions. © A. Magnard / GFA

The visitors were still able to see in action two robots: the Oz weeding robot in robot Naio and “slave” experienced by Irstea. It is able to follow a tractor and, due to its small size, the limit soil compaction problems.

The Oz weeding robot in Naio. © A. Magnard / GFA

3.0 The farm was born from the meeting of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Somme, Agro-Transfert Resources and Territories and Jean Marie Deleau, 68 year-old farmer no buyer. The 340 hectares of crops (wheat, winter barley, spring barley, potatoes, sugar beet, oilseed rape and beans) are distributed over heterogeneous land.

Various tests are conducted on optimizing fertilization, fungicides, plant cover and rotations. “The challenge is to experiment on a farm that includes 4 UTH, maintaining revenues, said Daniel Roquet, President of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Somme. The objective is that farmers can have benchmarks. “A first assessment will be done within two or three years. “


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