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Clive Blacker

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Clive Blacker

  1. 1. Challenges of Precision Agriculture The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK
  2. 2. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Introduction • Who I am and my role • Agriculture Challenges • Precision Agriculture today • Challenges to Precision • UK Agritech Position 2
  3. 3. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Introduction to Clive Blacker • Agricultural Background • Farm in the Vale of York • Studied Agriculture • Worked with Precision Technology since 1998 • Nuffield farming Scholarship 2004 • Director of Precision Decisions • UK • Africa • UKTI Precision Agriculture Specialist
  4. 4. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Why do we need Precision Agriculture? 1. A growth in world population to over 9bn by 2050, with demand for food increasing. Only 35 crops away! 2. Increased per capita incomes, leading to increased resource consumption and demand for meat and dairy products. 3. Increased competition for land for both urbanisation and alternative uses such as bioenergy and bio renewables for the bio economy. 4. Increased competition for water, amplified by shifts in availability in certain regions. 5. Potential negative effects of climate change on yields in lower latitudes. 6. Increasing competition for (and expense of) key inputs (fertilizer, fuel agrochemicals etc.). 7. Slowing of increases in agricultural productivity. 8. Increased awareness of the need to protect (or improve) ecosystem in farming. 4
  5. 5. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Precision Agriculture 5
  6. 6. Challenges of the Precision Farmer 6 http://blogs- images.forbes.com/kurtmarko/files/2015/08 /Accenture-evolution-precision-ag.png
  7. 7. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Technology Adoption VariableRate Robotics BigData YieldMapping AutoSteer SoilSampling RemoteSensing
  8. 8. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Why is some adoption slow?
  9. 9. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Current UK adoption of Precision Technologies Defra, 2013, Farm Practices Survey Autumn 2012 – England 9 14 14 13 7 22 20 16 11 GPS steering Soil mapping Variable rate Yield mapping Percentageoffarms 2009 2012
  10. 10. Big Data!!! 10
  11. 11. Data Challenges Issues • Transfer of Data • Ownership of data • Responsibility for accuracy of data • Ethical practices - fair use of data • Security of data • Use of data -
  12. 12. Telemetry and data • On-the-go Transfer of Data • Remote Diagnostics , Error Codes • Combine Threshing Efficiency • Machine Location
  13. 13. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK High resolution Livestock farming 13
  14. 14. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK My attention to detail is reducing! Larger equipment reduces the opportunity to change the application rates with current technology 14
  15. 15. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Agricultural Price Challenge Horse power is the only thing to increase in resolution on farms 15 Increase of 18%
  16. 16. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Combine Harvester Scale 16
  17. 17. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Less data – reducing resolution Yield Data 2004 Yield Data 2014 17
  18. 18. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Changes in data size and resolution Low Resolution Satellite High Resolution Satellite High Resolution UAV
  19. 19. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK How much detail should we look at crops? 19
  20. 20. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Management challenges 20
  21. 21. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK UK Agri-Tech Strategy • Industry lead - Agricultural Strategy - developed in partnership with industry and academia by Government • A clear aim “to make the UK a world leader in agricultural technology, innovation and sustainability”. • Developing the UK`s Agri-food research into Commercial applications • By Investing into – Scientific R&D with over £450 million invested annually – £90 Million towards Industry lead centres of Agricultural Innovation – £70 Million of Catalyst investment matched by industry. – Knowledge transfer and cross industry pollination https://www.innovateuk.org/agri-tech-catalyst
  22. 22. • Positioning • Remote sensing • Automation and machine control • Increased accuracy of application • Data handling and transfer • Wireless technology • Decision support systems 8 Great Technologies 22 Precision Agriculture
  23. 23. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Centres of Innovation • Investment of £90m in 4 new Centres of Innovation • Agricultural Information – Agrimatrics • Cropping and Plants – Chaps • Livestock – Ceil • Agricultural Engineering – Agri Epi Centre 23
  24. 24. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Agrimetrics Innovation Centre • Including • World first Agri-food Big Data Centre of Excellence • Expandable Agri-Cloud assets • World leading Data scientists • Unparalleled computing resources focused on Agri- food • The limitations are your imagination “Unparalleled access to the world’s largest repository of linked Agri-Food data and world-leading data analysts to deliver unimaginable solutions for your business.” 24
  25. 25. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Agri EPI Centre 25 Innovation Hubs • One-stop access to leading academic institutions • Developing exciting new facilities for R&D, demonstration and training • ‘Think Tanks’ to coordinate R&D agenda • Partnering researchers, industry & funding • Developing incubation facilities at a range of scales
  26. 26. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Agri- EPI-Centre – and its “satellites” Monitoring key sectors throughout the entire production and processing chain. Precision monitored to identify performance and variance. Unified technology for full data utility - all linked to other Centres A unique resource of exemplar farms for development, evaluation and demonstration of technology. DAIRY ARABLE SHEEP DAIRY ARABLE ARABLE PIGS POULTRY HORT DAIRY DAIRY DAIRY BEEF BEEF PIGS ARABLESHEEP PIGS POTATOES FISH BEEF POULTRY ARABLE HORT HORT BEEF SHEEP
  27. 27. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK European Precision Farming Conference To edit click View>Header and Footer 27
  28. 28. Agri-Tech - The commercial benefits of innovating in the UK Contact Details For further information about investing and innovating in UK Agri-Tech contact: Clive Blacker For info on the Agri-Tech catalyst: https://www.innovateuk.org/agri-tech- catalyst 28 If you would like to get involved in the Innovation is Great campaign please Email: innovation@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Phone Email 07808 367456 clive.blacker@ukti.gsi.gov.uk

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