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

The farming community in the UK appears very interested in the use of remote sensing as a farm management tool. The focus groups held throughout the UK addressed both large arable farmers and smaller mixed farmers. The majority of farmers saw remote sensing as providing:
- Whole farm assessments of crop health at specified times - allowing targeted field walking
- A warning system for pest and disease attack - allowing timely applications of pesticides (and possibly a reduction in overall pesticide use)
An effective mechanism for identifying areas within a field that have high/low plant nitrogen content
- A mechanism for verification of yield maps - and possibly for management decisions
The majority of farmers stated they would purchase the products now if the service were available, for a limited number of fields, expanding once the products were validated at the individual farm level. An acceptable price for the information products for farmers is an average 15 Euro/ha.
The agri-business companies were interested in the products mainly for marketing purposes. Some stated that the products would allow them to maintain their 'high-tech' image with farmers. The monitoring of chemical and variety failures was also of interest to them.

Reported by

National Remote Sensing Centre Ltd
GU140NL Farnborough
United Kingdom
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