In addition to increased competition, European potato producers are facing a series of challenges such as crop pests, diseases and climate change. Hence, the IoT4Potato use case of the IoF2020 project adopts a holistic approach based on research and a unique blend of cutting-edge technologies while offering inexpensive yet valuable advice to farmers. An innovative, market-ready smart farming solution supports irrigation, pest management and fertilisation.
The use case employs a network of telemetric IoT stations, installed in potato fields, to automatically collect atmospheric and soil data, which are combined with satellite data as well as information about agricultural activities provided by the producers themselves. In addition, it uses scientific models tailored to the specificities of the geographic areas, the different potato varieties and the requirements of the targeted markets.
The results feed the validation of an innovative business model especially designed form SMEs and small-scale farmers, which is based on sharing profits, stemming from the reduction of costs and selling data to third parties, while farmers remain in control of their data.