Invitation to the network and knowledge event AGROS “Data and intelligence in horticulture, arable farming and dairy”

The complexity of systems in greenhouse horticulture, arable farming and dairy is increasing, and society demands sustainable production systems. Current farming systems can only meet this demand to a limited extent. The way forward involves a transition to sustainable, data-driven, intelligent agricultural and horticultural systems. In the AGROS project, we are investigating how technology can help with this transition, looking for cross-overs between the agricultural sectors. We develop knowledge on the production systems, sensors to generate data and intelligent algorithms to control the system based on the measured data.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture, Wageningen Livestock Research and Field Crops

Wed 5 April 2023 13:00 to 17:00

Venue Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse Horticulture, Violierenweg 1, 2665MV Bleiswijk, The Netherlands

In this meeting, we would like to update you on the status of “data and intelligence in horticulture, arable farming and dairy” and discuss this with you. The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality will present their vision on digitalisation in agriculture and their action plan. Results on sensors, vision technology and intelligence of the different sectors will be shared and discussed with you.Moreover, we will visit the greenhouse trial where three cucumber crops are controlled by a group of crop and irrigation experts or autonomously controlled by a Digital Twin or an artificial intelligence algorithm based on Reinforcement Learning.

12:45 Coffee and tea
13:00 Digitalisation in agriculture - Pim van der Horst (Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality)
13:30 AGROS: Data-driven agriculture, examples of horticulture, arable farming and dairy – Anja Dieleman (Wageningen University & Research)
13:45 Questions and discussion
14:00 Workshop round 1 (see below)
14:45 Coffee and tea break, networking
15:15 Workshop round 2 (see below)
16:00 Visiting greenhouse trial AGROS
16:30 Closure with drinks

Please select two workshops that you would like to attend:


1. Use of vision technology

By Andre Hulsman and Marjaneh Taghavi (Wageningen University & Research)

Vision technology is used in arable farming for disease detection in seed potatoes and weed control in onions. In dairy farming, monitoring individual feed intake of individual dairy cows is important not only to assess their feed efficiency, but also to detect health events. In horticulture, a vision system is being developed for plant traits that are now manually collected. Data processing based on camera data and deep learning will be presented.

2. Data collection by sensors to provide data for data-driven control

By Selwin Hageraats and Anna Petropoulou (Wageningen University & Research)

Controlling a greenhouse cultivation has to be based on data on climate and crop parameters. Important questions include which parameters are essential to make the right cultivation decisions, and which sensors are available or should be developed to accurately measure these desired parameters? In this workshop, a number of sensors and their applications will be presented.

3. Detection and intelligent control of diseases

By István Fodor and Kirsten Leiss (Wageningen University & Research)

Disease detection and control is important in all sectors. However, how to measure and control differs. In dairy cattle, a growing body of evidence suggests that the potential applications of breath analysis go beyond monitoring methane emissions. In greenhouses, we are currently working on digital crop protection, where pests and diseases are detected via vision technology, detection of volatiles and electrophysical sensors. Principles of detection, examples and results of these cases will be presented and discussed in this workshop.

4. Intelligence and control

By Feije de Zwart and Guido Jansen (Wageningen University & Research)

The AGROS project is working towards autonomously controlled cultivation in cucumbers. In this workshop, you will be updated on the strategies we developed to control the greenhouses remotely, which are a mechanistic-model-based Digital Twin, and an artificial intelligence algorithm based on Reinforcement Learning.


If you are interested in participating, please register via the button below. Registration is possible until March 30. The maximum number of participants for the event is 70.

During the event, pictures and videos can be made for use in the project. Please let us know in advance if you have any objection to this.

The AGROS project is a public-private partnership project, in which Wageningen University & Research cooperates with 2Grow, BASF Vegetable Seeds, Delphy, Gennovation, Greenport West Holland, Hortilux, IMEC/One Planet, Mechatronix, Philips, Ridder, Roullier, Saint-Gobain Cultilene, Signify, Stichting Kennis in je Kas, and Van der Hoeven, BO-Akkerbouw, Kubota, AgroIntelli, Spie, Bayer, Orphiction, Cumela, two farm biodiversity partnerships, Connecterra and Melkveefonds with funding provided by the government “Top Sectors” programme Horticulture & Starting Materials and Agro and Food.