The methods and techniques of precision farming have not yet been widely disseminated. This is due among other things to the system inherent complexity and the associated time and cost expenditure for analyses and technology. For example, soil analyses in the laboratory, (hyper-) spectral imaging systems and corresponding high-performance computers are still very expensive.
Therefore, the field of automation and system development mainly focusses on the automation of data collection. Sensor systems are developed, starting from inexpensive multispectral cameras with custom-made algorithms up to integrated sensor-model-actor systems for water management, plant protection and fertilization. This also includes the development of an autonomous soil sampler (robot) with downstream analysis unit for measurement and mapping in the field. Economic evaluations are also part of the observations.
Another emphasis lies on the interconnection of complex process chains and the development of concepts for a digital agriculture 4.0. In this process, attention is paid to the growth in knowledge via data fusion and Big-Data analyses, the new potentials for on-farm-research, as well as the influence of the new techniques and methods on good practice. In the innovation initiative Agriculture 4.0 within the framework of the Leibniz research alliance “Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition”, the ATB cooperates with the ihp, ZALF and IGZ.
Ongoing research projects
6. Juni 2019: Brandenburgs Agrar- und Umweltstaatssekretärin Dr. Carolin Schilde informierte sich bei ihrem gestrigen Besuch am ATB-Forschungsstandort Marquardt über Ergebnisse des EIP-Agri Projekts...
14. Aug. 2018: Ein autonom fahrender, mit Energie aus Photovoltaik gespeister Traktor soll künftig in Strauchbeerenanlagen gezielt die Pflege des Unterwuchses übernehmen und damit helfen, Ertrag und...