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Increasing the speed and uptake of innovation in the field vegetable and potato sectors : defining a new approach for delivering cost effective research.

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Framework Conditions for Innovation

Lead partner

RSK ADAS Ltd.

Contact

Begindatum

12/07/2018

Einddatum

30/09/2022

Project budget

2 562 395

ERDF amount

1 537 437

ERDF rate

60%

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    Common challenge

    Field vegetable and potato production are important agricultural sectors in the 2 Seas region. This project addresses the challenge of sustainable intensification of field vegetable and potato production (i.e. increasing crop production and profitability whilst minimizing environmental impact). R&D is key to the promotion of sustainable intensification, however, funding in these sectors has not been sufficient to address the broad range of research priorities which has limited the speed and uptake of innovation. The 2 Seas area is experiencing an ‘implementation gap’, where the wide range of
    potential benefits of new technologies is not being realized by farmers. This project addresses these challenges by (i) defining a new approach for delivering cost effective research which enables farmers to test new products/approaches on their own farms and (ii) establishing an Innovation network which will create the framework conditions for innovation to facilitate uptake of the new approach.

    Main Achievements

    The INNO-VEG project aims to increase the speed and uptake of innovation in the field vegetable and potato sectors by i) defining and implementing a new approach for delivering cost-effective research, ii) establishing a cross border innovation network which will create the framework conditions for innovation to facilitate uptake of the new approach. 

    In 2019, 46 field experiments were set up across the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to develop an over-arching ‘Protocol’ for the integration of crop sensing data into research methodology. In each of these experiments traditional field measurements (i.e. hand harvest assessments of yield and crop quality) were compared with remotely collected crop sensing data. Data analysis of field measurements and crop sensing data is being used to identify whether crop sensing is sufficiently accurate to detect treatment differences in crop growth/performance at the field scale. The small plot field experiments covered a number of horticultural crop groups (including potatoes, brassicas, alliums, leafy salads, carrots, vining peas and cucurbits) and research priority areas (e.g. soil management, crop nutrition and protection) in order to generate sufficient data to evaluate the suitability of high resolution aerial imagery to assess field experiments. 

    In addition to the field experimental work, the project has also set up a cross border innovation network to facilitate innovation between the precision farming/sensor technology industry, research organisations and the field vegetable and potato crop sectors. The INNO-VEG innovation network was launched on 31/10/19 at a meeting on smart farming at the Rusthoeve Research Centre in Colijnsplaat, Netherlands. The meeting focused on advances in crop sensor technology and precision agriculture and attracted around 70 delegates, including farmers, researchers and representatives from the smart farming industry. The innovation network is supported by a web-based registration system and innovation ‘hub’ (www.inno-veg.org). Individuals can register with the network via the website. Members can then add their profile to the members directory and add information on relevant services or projects. The innovation hub provides a forum for members to engage with each other, post updates and ask questions. The forums include translation between English, French and Dutch to help discussion between members from different countries.

    Partnership

    Partners

    Inagro vzw

    Delphy BV

    ARVALIS-Institut du vegetal