Wageningen University & Research Field Lab

The Field Lab of Wageningen University & Research is an innovation centre, where together with agro businesses, Wageningen University & Research collaborate on new agricultural mechanisation concepts and techniques of the future. Trends and development as The Internet of Thing, Smart-Grid, Smart Farming, City/Urban Farming, 3D-printing, bio based and circular economy are all developments that impact agriculture.

The Field Lab of Wageningen University & Research is an innovation centre, where together with agro businesses, Wageningen University & Research collaborate on new agricultural mechanisation concepts and techniques of the future. Trends and development as The Internet of Thing, Smart-Grid, Smart Farming, City/Urban Farming, 3D-printing, bio based and circular economy are all developments that impact agriculture.

Innovation

Besides our facilities we offer our partners additional services. The services we offer are for example integrated design sessions, feasibility studies, economic and Life Cycle Assessment calculations, project coordination, demonstrations and workshops.

Testing

Our facilities are very suitable for testing new technologies. We provide tailor-made solutions and services based on the needs of our clients. In addition we offer a review of the impact of the technology on the actual agricultural practice. The impact can be review on numerous elements of agricultural practices, like crop rotation, soil health, fertilisation, crop protection, data management, precision farming, economy, labour and so on. This contributes to the added value of the new technology.

Demonstrate

Besides our own demonstration events, such as the organic field day and the sugar beet event, partners can organise their own events at our site. Partners can organise events themselves or in combination with other businesses.

Facilities

Wageningen University & Research Field Lab consists of (research)services and a physical location where concepts, innovations and early prototypes can be tested.

  • A 1.200 hectare facility suited for trial and practice scale testing
  • Experience with testing everything from early prototypes to market ready technologies
  • Site specific crop and field information, including historical data
  • Presence of different cropping and cultivation systems for both crop and soil technologies
  • Opportunity to connect with available ICT-solutions
  • A workshop, suited for on-site technical improvements and repairs
  • Availability of office spaces and conference rooms
  • Different events, which can be used as Public Relations or demonstration event.

Projects

June 2016 marked the start of the design session ‘small scale mechanisation for large scale arable farming’. With a broad range of stakeholders representing technology, robotics, precision farming, agriculture and research. In the design session we develop a solid and documented vision of the future. A vision of the future which will lead to innovation challenges that present new opportunities for business and research.

Commissioned by the Wageningen University & Research Field Lab MSc students of Wageningen University & Research conducted an assessment of the concept of small scale mechanisation concepts for large scale agriculture. For more information (article in Dutch but report in English!): "Studenten Wageningen University onderzoeken potentie Lasting Fields."

June 2015 the Wageningen University & Research Field Lab together with stakeholders assessed how to bring about concepts for small scale mechanisation for large scale farming. More information on this meeting (in Dutch): article on the meeting with stakeholders. More information on the Lasting Fields concept (in Dutch): article on Lasting Fields and the animation: Lasting Fields (narration in Dutch).