ISPA Account

2019 Precision Agriculture in Denmark

In 2019 28% of Danish farms occupying 66% of farmland used some type of precision agriculture (PA). Denmark is one of the few countries where the government statistics office collects information on the adoption of precision agriculture (PA). The data is from a stratified sample drawn from all farms with cultivated area registered with the government for administrative and regulatory purposes. The 2019 sample size was 6005 respondents. The Danish survey asked about Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), sprayer section control, software for planning nitrogen applications, satellite & drone images and crop sensors. Some key results:
  • In Denmark the most commonly adopted PA technology is GNSS guidance. In 2019 Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Positioning Systems (GPS) were used by 24% of farms covering 59% of cultivated area.
  • Sprayer section control has followed a similar pattern to GNSS guidance. In 2019, it was used by 14% of farms covering 40% of cultivated area.
  • In 2019 drone or satellite images were used by 5% of farms with 15% of cultivated area.
  • Crop sensors were used by only 2% of farms covering 8% of cultivated area in 2019.
  • As in most other countries, PA has been adopted first on larger farms in Denmark. For example, the average size of all farms is 83 ha, but the average size of farms using GNSS guidance is 202 ha and the average size of farms using crop sensors is 342 ha. 
For more information see: Denmark Statistics. 2019. “Mærkbar fremgang i avanceret landbrugsteknologi”. https://www.dst.dk/da/Statistik/nyt/NytHtml?cid=31408.