INNO-VEG is a cross border innovation network focussed on vegetables and potatoes that aims to facilitate the wider use of crop sensing technology in field trials.
The official launch is on the 31 October 2019 at Rusthoeve Research Centre, Colijnsplaat, Netherlands but there will be a chance to talk to the UK lead partner ADAS at REAP.
In addition to the network of growers, researchers and technology developers with an interest in precision farming and sensor technology, there will also be a programme of field experiments.
This year, 48 field experiments have been set up across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to develop an overarching protocol for integrating crop sensing data into field research methodologies. Results from these field experiments will be presented by Jean-Pierre Cohan, Head of sensor-based phenotyping at ARVALIS at the launch.
ADAS Principal Soil Scientist Dr Lizzie Sagoo will introduce the INNO-VEG project she explains that the INNO-VEG innovation network will focus on facilitating innovation, the network is free to join and anyone with an interest in field vegetables and potatoes is invited to get involved.
“To help us focus the network activities over the next few years, we’ve set up an online survey to collect feedback from growers and other industry stakeholders” says ADAS project lead Lizzie Sagoo. “The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and we’d be really grateful for all feedback”.
Further networking events are planning in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands over the next two years. In addition, the network will include a web-based ‘Innovation hub’ with members directory, project database and discussion forum.
The launch meeting is free to attend and open to all, however registration is required as places are limited. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The four-year INNO-VEG project began in August 2018. ADAS leads the project in the UK; the partners are Inagro vzw in Belgium, Delphy BV in the Netherlands and ARVALIS – Institut du vegetal in France. The project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020 co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund under subsidy contract No 2S05-032.