Farming by Satellite Prize

07 September 2018 (All day)
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Prizes & competitions
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Every year, the European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System Agency) GSA (European GNSS Agency) sponsors the Farming by Satellite Prize. The prize is open to students and young farmers with innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit.

Launched in 2012, the prize, an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), was open to students and young farmers across Europe with innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit, or to reduce the sector’s environmental impact. This year’s edition is sponsored by CLAAS with the support of the European Environment Agency (EEA). Topics have ranged from geo-referenced online data platforms, swarm technologies, precision seed planting robots, crop type detection and evaluation systems, and a new forecasting system for rice production.
The  challenge of the 2018 edition was “How can we use satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact?”, which received 42 submissions from 17 countries. The first prize  went to a team from Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, took the first prize in this year’s Farming by Satellite competition with FODDERApp, a mobile app for grass and grazing management. Second prize went to the pan-European team TREASURE for their project "GALILEO for automated transplanting of crop seedlings"; and the project "Copernicus Satellites Data Fusion for Management Zones Definition" from the University of Padua’s Space Junk team took third prize. “The outcome of this year´s Farming by Satellite Prize once again showed there is no better way for innovation than investing in and rewarding the next generation of farmers. The amount and quality of the entries we received indicate that we have interesting times ahead in the area of smart farming,” said GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi, who was part of the judging panel.

Promoting precision

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. The new Call is not out yet, to keep up to date with news and events subscribe to the GSA Watch this Space, or follow us on @EU_GNSS.

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Updated: May 14, 2019