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ISPA Newsletter 7(10) October 2019: PA in United Kingdom, Upcoming Events, Jobs
Oct 31, 2019
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Call for Papers
Online abstract submission for the 15th ICPA is open at https://www.ispag.org/abstracts.
 
We invite you to submit an abstract for the 15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture. Instructions and a list of program topics is available at the conference home page, https://www.ispag.org/icpa
 
Abstract length must be in the range 300-500 words with no figures, references or tables. Authors of accepted abstracts will be entitled to present their research at the Conference after payment of registration fees. They will also be entitled to submit full papers (more details later) for the Conference Proceedings in February of 2020. Conference Proceedings will be published on the website and will be available after the conference.
 
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 NOV 2019. Questions pertaining to abstract submissions should be addressed to abstracts@ispag.org.
Precision Agriculture in United Kingdom

British farmers using map based variable rate fertilizer

By Simon Thelwell, Eric Siqueiros and Trisha Toop, Harper Adams University

A 2018 internet survey of UK farmers by Harper Adams University (HAU) provides additional evidence that British farmers are among the leading users of map based variable rate technology (VRT) fertilizer. In that survey 48% of respondents indicated that they used VRT for fertilizer. Adoption data from elsewhere around the world shows that use of VRT fertilizer rarely exceeds 20% of farmers in a country or region. 
 
Other statistics from the survey include:
  • 63% of respondents use GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) autosteer
  • 53% have GNSS sprayer boom control
  • Only 15% use optical nitrogen sensors
The survey indicates that UK farmer prefer face-to-face training for precision agriculture technology, but they will use on-line electronic training materials if available. On average they would be willing to pay £278 (~US$339) annually for a subscription to on-line materials supported by web-chat or a hotline. Forty percent said that they would be willing to share their farm data in exchange for access to technical help.
 
The survey link was emailed out to thousands of farmers on several commercially available farm mailing lists. One hundred and eighty six farmers responded. The average farm size of respondents is 506 ha, which is substantially larger than the UK average. For further information please contact Eric Siqueiros at: ESiquieros@harper-adams.ac.uk
 
Upcoming Events
21-22 SEP 2020
3rd Infer Symposium on Agri-Tech Economics for Sustainable Futures
Newport, United Kingdom
 
8-10 DEC 2020
Virtual 1st African Conference on Precision Agriculture
Marrakech, Morocco 
 
15-16 DEC 2020
Virtual InfoAg Conference
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
 
3-4 FEB 2021
5th International Conference on Agricultural and Food Engineering (CAFEi2020) and 13th International FRUTIC 2020 Symposium
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
http://www.cafei.upm.edu.my
 
19-22 JUL 2021
ECPA Conference
Budapest, Hungary
 
3 AUG 2021
NUE Workshop
Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
 
23-26 AUG 2021
European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
Vienna, Austria
 
22-24 SEP 2021
PHAB 2021
The Hague, The Netherlands
 
OCT 2021
Second Latin American Congress of Precision Agriculture
Cordoba, Argentina
 
26-29 JUN 2022
15th International Conference on Precision Agriculture
Minneapolis, MN, USA
 
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The International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA) is a non-profit professional scientific organization.
The mission of ISPA is to advance the science of precision agriculture globally.
 
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