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Precision Farming in Germany – Adoption since 2001
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006 701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21865)
Authors: Maike Reichardt, Carsten Juergens
Keywords: multitemporal survey, adoption of Precision Farming
The adoption of Precision Farming (PF) has been studied through personal interviews at the AGRITECHNICA fairs in Hannover Germany in 2001, 2003 and 2005. The intention of the survey was to monitor how PF techniques have entered the German market over time and geographic location. The German farmers have been interviewed about their experience with PF and their attitudes and obstacles towards it. Those farmers who are not yet using PF techniques were asked for the reasons and on which conditions they would probably start with PF. The rate of PF-users in Germany slowly increased between 2001 and 2005. In general the users were contented with the techniques they apply and were interested to use additional techniques on a larger area. Most of them could gain financial benefit with the help of PF. The time consumption, the lack incompatibility between machines of different manufacturers and the unreliable land machines were the main problems in the beginning. Those farmers who were not yet using PF stated as the main reasons for hesitation the high costs for the technique and that PF is not profitable with a small farm size. So the reduction of the costs was the main prerequisite for the farmers to start with PF. The results of all surveys show that still there are a lot of farmers, especially young farmers in education, who didnt know the term PF or Precision Agriculture.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)