• Agro-Tech Department
  • Agro-Tech Department
  • Agro-Tech Department
  • Agro-Tech Department
  • Agro-Tech Department

Agro-Tech Department

Coupling information theory with agronomic and natural sciences is the key point to provide our customers with a fast, responsive and cost-effective service.
Young information technologists have been integrated into Agricola 2000 agronomic experience: this led to the creation of a new department whose activity is run alongside the ones performed in all other departments. Know more

UAV PURSUIT

Agricola 2000 has been a pioneer in UAV (commonly called drones) utilization, in fact we can find among our log books our first survey in July 2013, when in Italy there were still not ENAC regulations for UAV commercial use.

Not invasive survey by UAV let both the collection of those data that cannot be collected on the ground and the simplification of those activities, which are usually done on site by field technicians.

Today Agricola 2000 can produce:
  • GreenNDVI and RedNDVI maps for biomass concentration and photosynthetic activity assessment;
  • MSAVI maps, i.e. an evolution of NDVI maps, for crops whose development does not generally cover the whole field;
  • Segmentation maps to identify the percentage of land cover or the spreading percentage for a specific crop type;
  • Phytotoxic effect assessment;
  • Vigour assessment.

Furthermore, thanks to GIS software our experts can cross-reference aerial pictures with field schemes and data collected by our field technicians, hence creating a bundle of raw data that can be turned into precious information or simply used to set up a readable map like:
  • Data analysis processes: basing on project requirements a working protocol is drafted - it aims at generating a valuable result for our customers; it determines a useful area unit and the type of statistical analysis (maximum, minimum, mode, average, variance) to be calculated on the examined surface;
  • Plot study maps: by digitalising field schemes and subsequently superimposing them onto the produced maps the information can be divided according to individual surfaces; this approach is essential in the experimental practice because it enables the application of single elaborations on a map part, hence minimising relevant variables;
  • Classification and scoring maps: data is broken down into classes with a quantile approach or a uniform range approach; this results in a score associated to each of them and hence the single plots can be assessed.

Along this line, Agricola 2000 is working on the complete substitution of agronomic surveys on maize trials fields as plant count, growth homogeneity, average height, male flower individuation and female flower bloom forecast.

The capability to collect both aerial and on-field assessments, make Agricola 2000 a perfect partner for those R&D entities which need remote sensing data for their purpose. In the same way Agricola 2000 is a perfect tester for every software house which produce software for remote sensing data.

Agricola 2000 is proud of his partnership with: CNR-IREA for Space4Agri project, a geoportal developed for the collection of proximal, near remote e far remote data in pursuit of agronomic forecast models; CNR-EVK2 and Department of Glaciology of Università degli Studi di Milano for Italian glaciers monitoring and protection project.

EXPERIMENTAL ACTIVITY FOR INNOVATION

The will to be a reference point in agronomic and natural research scenario, leaded Agricola 2000 to develop some ad-hoc instruments suited to respond as best as possible to his requirements with the great purpose to be a competitor between international actors keeping the typical approach of a national reality.

The first example of this approach is a temperature monitoring system tailored for remote facilities freezers supervisioning. The system measures temperature of 1024 probes per minute sending warning SMS at critical threshold exceedance and at power failure. Values, which are stored every ten minutes, can be viewed over the internet through a simple web interface.

Another project well-appreciated by our customers concern the development of moisture data logger for plot harvesters. The system is based on a high precision ceramic probe produced by Agrichem, leader in moisture probe production, which can reach up to 5 millions read per second. The calibration activity done with 25 different tests, measured at 3 different temperatures, enabled the deployment of a highly reliable system able to give a result comparable to the one produced by a GAC with a delay of few seconds. Read less