Precision agriculture is a highly effective farming strategy that allows farmers to better allocate inputs, such as seeds and fertilisers, to increase productivity, lower costs and minimise the environmental impact. Traditionally, the main obstacle to wide-scale application of precision agriculture has been the substantial investment required. EGNOS and Galileo fundamentally change the equation by offering high precision at low cost.
The main advantages of satellite technologies in agriculture include high accuracy and the repeatability of the same action year on year. These two fundamental advantages lead to valuable benefits, including:
reduced waste through the over-application of fertilisers and herbicides;
• reduced seed consumption;
• fuel and time savings;
• lower fatigue;
• extended equipment life;
• optimised crop yields.
The Farming by Satellite Prize is open to both individuals and teams from universities or commercial organisations. To compete, one must submit case studies, new ideas or innovations that rely on EGNOS, Galileo or Copernicus. Submission dates for the 2018 Farming by Satellite Prize are due to 7 September 2018. To keep up to date with news and events subscribe to the GSA Today Newsletter, or follow @EU_GNSS on twitter.
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