Smarter Farming for Soils Health and Water Management

Cranfield University, College Rd, Cranfield MK43 0AL

14 September, 2017

SmartAKISHow can “smart agriculture” help farmers improve the health of their soils and optimise water use efficiency? That’s the question we’ll be tackling in the second in our series of meetings in partnership with the SMART-AKIS EU Smart Farming platform.

Automated irrigation scheduling and remote soils monitoring are already in commercial use on some farms – but the innovation pipeline is brimming with new ways to help growers make best use of some of their key resources. With a series of short talks from industry and academia you’ll hear how these technologies are being used on farms, as well as having the opportunity to have your say about the practical aspects of embedding these new practices in your business and what you want to see the future hold. We’ll also be considering data transmission between on-farm devices, the cloud and the grower and how this information can lead to greater knowledge about crop performance and the well-being of soils.

This event will feature introductions to exciting companies with innovative new technologies already in the market, such as Delta-T Devices, Soil-for-life and Soil Moisture Sense and others. Prof Jane Rickson and Dr Rob Simmons, members of Cranfield University’s Environment and Agrifood Centre, will give an overview of applied research underway relevant to Smart Farming including aspects of soil erosion and its mitigation, and the management and engineering of land as a resource.  There will also be a visit to see some of the research facilities at Cranfield after the workshop.

Taking place from 10am – 3pm on Thursday 14th September, this event is FREE to attend but prior registration is essential. 4 BASIS points are available to attendees.


10.00     Registration and coffee

10.30     Welcome and introduction

An innovation network for farmer-tech collaboration – Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East

Smart AKIS Project: Innovating smart farming technologies in future projects – Dave Tinker, SMART-AKIS project

10.45     Company presentations

Showcasing “smart” technologies either in development or commercially available to help growers and land managers remotely monitor and manage their resources more effectively.

‘New ways to measure crops and translating data into profitable decision making’; Eric Ober, NIAB

‘Practical applications of smart technologies for sustainable soil management’; Dr Rob Simmons, Cranfield University

‘Innovations in soil management research: the Crop Health and Protection (CHAP), and Agricultural Engineering Precision (AgriEPI) Innovation Centres’; Prof Jane Rickson, Cranfield University

‘Soil for life – A big data approach to soil health’; Jonathan Tole, Soil-for-life

‘Recent Innovations in Precision Irrigation’; Tony Peloe, Delta-T Devices

‘Remote soil moisture & climate monitoring- making an informed decision’; Tim Blyth, Soil Moisture Sense

‘Exploring the Precision in Soil Mapping’; Clive Blacker, Precision Decisions

‘Controlled Traffic – Smart Farming in Action’; Tim Chamen, CTF Europe

11.30     Research insights 

Featuring insights into the research pipeline in development at Cranfield University around “smart” land and resource management

12.30     Lunch

13.15     Workshop

An opportunity for farmers and technology developers to share their ideas and insights around the innovation needs of the future; the risks, opportunities and challenges for commercial uptake of these new products and services

14.15     Workshop feedback

14.30     Closing comments

14.45     Optional tour of Cranfield University research facilities

16.00     Close and depart



This event is FREE for members of Agri-Tech East and non-members.

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4 Basis CPD points will be available for attendees of this event.

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