PILOT 3.1 Decision Support System to Support Olive Growers
The efficient management of olive orchards requires complex decision-making processes. This is because of the increasing uncertainty and risk associated with olive fruit and olive oil production in a rapidly changing environment. Climate change is adding to erratic Mediterranean weather conditions, soil variability and pest outbreaks.
The aim of this pilot is to develop and demonstrate a Decision Support System (DSS) for olive tree growers, advisers and agri-food processors to address common issues associated with olive tree growing and olive oil production, including fertilisation, irrigation and integrated pest management (IPM). The DSS integrates in-field sensor data, remotely sensed data, a modelling platform, and a farm management system, combining weather patterns and soil information with crop traits, to foster the sustainable production of olive tree orchards.
An integrated solution, Agricolus© OLIWES, will be configured and deployed in selected olive tree farms to address different climatic and farming conditions. OLIWES is a cloud ecosystem, which provides the most modern technologies of data collection, analysis, and visualisation, delivered with a user-friendly interface. The functional features of OLIWES include the following areas: i) orchard management; ii) field scouting; iii) forecasting models; iv) Decision Support System. Open protocols and standards facilitate the integration of IoT sensors, interoperability, and data exchange.
The expected benefits are the following: optimisation of water and nutrient management with data-driven decisions, implementation of IPM solutions and preventive measures through forecasting models, time series analysis of long-term data records and comparison of farmer performances to achieve sustainable crop production and protection.
Pilot projects run under pilot cluster three:
Pilot 3.1 - Decision Support System to Support Olive Growers
Decision Support System to Support Olive Growers
The efficient management of olive orchards requires complex decision-making processes. This is because of the increasing uncertainty and risk associated with olive fruit and olive oil production in a rapidly changing environment.
Pilot 3.2 - Precision Farming for Mediterranean Woody Crops
Precision Farming for Mediterranean Woody Crops
Mediterranean Woody Crops have been severally affected by several challenges such as climate change (water scarcity), pests and diseases. Most of the farms specialising in these crops are small, low on profit and technology, and face high labour costs.
Pilot 3.3 - Pest Management Control on Fruit Fly
Pest Management Control on Fruit Fly
The Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) is a dangerous pest for a wide range of distribution and host plants. A key challenge is how to deal with agricultural pests like fruit flies while reducing the use of chemical treatments.
Pilot 3.4 - Open Platform for Improved Crop Monitoring in Potato Farms
Open Platform for Improved Crop Monitoring in Potato Farms
Farmers with large areas of potato fields, spread out geographically over several communities, often suffer from lack of sufficient ground truth data (measured yields, crop variety, exact planting date).