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Detailed assessment of precision agriculture (farmers) and agri-business expectations in terms of remote sensing information for France

The farming community in France believes in the economic value of the proposed remote sensing "technology", but their interest is more in the long term (>5 years), due to the perception of not yet mature applications and technology. A majority of French farmers believes that RS information products are not compulsorily dedicated to precision farming, but that information on an average or a critical value in the field or part of a field could be sufficient.
Regarding the products, the farmers believe:
- Information products are valuable, not for constantly but for time variably poor areas
- A highly valuable application is drainage management and monitoring
- Benefit return of the variable seed rate is considered very uncertain
For products map interpretation, support is requested either from a technical institute or co-operative. An acceptable price for the information products is between 8 to 15 Euro/ha.

Reported by

Institut Technique des Céréales et des Fourrages
78280 Yvelines
France
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