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Remote precision management of turf grass sod production by means of artificial intelligence and satellite imaging

Objective

The agricultural surfaces employed for turf grass sod production are increasing yearly thanks to expanding demand and thanks to the relative profitability of this type of crop. Sod (natural turf) production agriculture in the EU can be estimated in excess of 80.000 ha and 20.000 workers for a revenue of approximately 2.4 Bn €. As such, turf grass sod production is gradually shifting from the status of niche production to agricultural crop proper. In order to maintain the current profitability in an increasingly competitive market, sod growers need to increase or maintain certain quality parameters (uniformity of colour, texture, density, etc.), while addressing spiralling costs for fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation water. Naturally, an optimization in the use of these inputs would not only keep production costs down, but it would also greatly diminish the environmental impact and footprint of sod production.

Satellite spectral imagery, thanks to the frequent high correlation between spectral reflectance parameters and several crop parameters, would go a long way in identifying excesses or deficiencies in irrigation and fertilization. Satellite imagery analysis for crop production currently exists, but it is aimed and calibrated for traditional crops (wheat, maize, etc.) and not for turf grass sod production, which needs the development of dedicated new tools to be used in such production fields. Adding on-site valuable sensing, increased yield on natural turf grass production may be achieved.

The project solved this situation by developing a web based expert system, multi spectral satellite imaging analysis and on-site sensing and portable devices software to aid decision making in sod farms, in order to decrease chemical and agronomical inputs, while maintaining or increasing turf grass quality. The system will provide expert agronomical recommendations based on its historic and current data and current multi spectral image processing and on-site sensing

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

MALTA INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION FOR SMES LIMITED
Address
Gardenia - Vjal Il Qalbiena 142
MST 2354 Mosta
Malta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 67 912
Administrative Contact
Lorraine Tagliaferro (Ms.)

Participants (8)

BOTTOS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 196 947
Address
Via Lusevera 1
33078 San Vito Al Tagliamento Pn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Giusti (Mr.)
PRODUCTION TRADE AND SERVICE COMPANY ARTHAUS DOO IMPORT-EXPORT SKOPJE
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 187 941
Address
Street Naroden Front 5/2-30
1000 Skopje
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Borjanka Nikolova (Mrs.)
TECMIC-TECNOLOGIAS DE MICROELECTRONICA SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 198 117
Address
Taguspark
2780-781 Oeiras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Adrian Pearce (Mr.)
PLANTEC SOCIETA AGRICOLA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 192 600
Address
Via Verrone 27-A
70122 Bari
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Pugliese (Ms.)
RICHTER RASEN SLOVAKIA SRO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 189 609
Address
Zavod 154
90872 Zavod
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dana Ružičková (Ms.)
Osfold Gress AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 190 807
Address
Rod Gard 50
1570 Dilling
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Johnny Trandem (Mr.)
EDMA INNOVA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 18 747
Address
Plaza De La Llibertat 11 Bajos
17100 La Bisbal D Emporda Girona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Josep Maria Lopez (Mr.)
TURF EUROPE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 27 320
Address
Via Malasoma 24
56121 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimiliano Farnesi (Mr.)