On November 26th 2019, Bayer Crop Science presented digital platform Climate FieldView. It is not precision agriculture, but something more: when talking about digital agriculture, we must think about systems that are very easy to use so as to obtain data on a certain crop and make decisions to save money and increase margins.
"Thanks to digital agriculture and to Climate FieldView in particular, water, fertilizers and crop protection products can be administered only where needed. It is a step further than precision agriculture, which is complex and requires skilled operators. With our system, everything is managed via smartphone," explains manager for Italy Fabio Roverso.
Paolo and Damiano Cazzola
The cost of the system is €120 a year for the basic version and €4 per hectare for the complete version. The platform was launched a little over a year ago and is already in use by over a thousand producers covering 250 thousand hectares in total.
It is an ideal solution for extensive crops such as industry tomatoes, potatoes and onions. Paolo and Damiano Cazzola work on around 1000 of their own hectares plus another 4000 as contractors in the Verona province and are very pleased with the platform, which enabled them to increase their margins.
"What is more, all data can be grouped in a single system that dialogues with the others. Thanks to a sensor installed on the tractor and a satellite resolution of 10x10 meters, we can analyse all the aspects of the crop at regular intervals."
"The software manages the data and provides concrete results. Considering that margins nowadays are increasingly low, saving money by making the right choice means making money in itself."
It is not necessary to own the latest tractors or machinery, as there are kits that adapt the system to older machines. FieldView Drive is installed on the tractor.
"There are four types of satellite maps: in addition to the two classic ones all systems feature, there is also an evapotranspiration one and one on the health status of the crop. In addition, the system can improve the definition of the satellite image to 5x5 meters," added Nikolas Mitroulias from Climate FV.
Roberto Confalonieri (photo above) from Cassandra Tech is clear: "improving the use of production factors is the purpose of digital agriculture, so producers can obtain higher profits while reducing the inputs and increasing yields. A lot of measurements can be taken via smartphone by operators, then the system collects the data, processes it and suggests solutions."
"Customized solutions at a low cost are the cornerstones of FieldView, a digital agriculture solution available to Italian entrepreneurs," concluded Marc Aupetitgendre, CEO of Bayer CS Italia.