Project informationSmart Good Agricultural Practices
Call: Services and Applications for Smart Agriculture
|Department of Engineering
Aarhus School of Engineering
|Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
|Department of Biosystems Engineering
Faculty of Agriculture
Namik Kemal University
|General Directorate of Agricultural Research and Policies
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock
Smart Good Agricultural Practices (S-GAP) is a management information system which will combine precision agriculture application into the three levels of the decision making process (strategic, tactical, operational) together with automated compliance to standards steps. As the relevant farm data is already in the proposed information system, or may be automatically integrated using standardized services, documentation in the form of instructions to operators, certification of crop province and cross compliance of adopted standards can be generated more easily than with the current paper-based systems.
The S-GAP prototype system includes an automated checklist system for compliance standards. S-GAP provides two applications: (i) the android application, which is mainly used by farmers in the field for checking the various aspects after a completed action; and, (ii) the web application, which provides reporting from the checklist system. Information available in S-GAP was initially tested on sunflower and spring wheat in Turkey. The application supports good agricultural practices (GAP) for organic production in Turkey and Denmark. It can also handle resource allocation profiles depending on the type of production, soil conditions, type of crops grown, etc. Information that allows traceability of good agricultural practices is available. The S-GAP system can be generated more easily and efficiently compared to the current paper-based systems. It carries additional benefits in terms of fault safe, cross-compliance and, environmental EU regulations, etc. The Android application has been implemented at Kirklareli Soil and Water Research Institute in Turkey, and is currently being used in two field trials. The prototype includes an installation guide and user manual available at www.kpadltd.co.uk/sgap/help/.
- S-GAP has been developed for the six major field operations carried out in the field during the growing season: tillage, seeding, fertilizing, spraying, irrigations and harvesting
- For each field operation, the decisions to be taken have been formed in a structured way, so as a farmer has to follow sequential steps, which have been computerized.
- The decisions for each operation have been accompanied with organic farming rules that the farmer has to follow for each of the above-mentioned six field operations.