About this Research Topic
This Research Topic focuses on the new opportunities arising from recent developments in technologies and data, to support enhanced monitoring, measurement and management of farming systems for more sustainable food production.
There is considerable interest and investment in the information that can be derived from new technologies and data to improve food production efficiencies and reduce waste in the supply chain.
At the farm level, information on aspects associated with animals, plants, soil, water and the farm environment needs to be in a useful format to enhance management. For example, identifying changes to improve production efficiency (increased outputs and reduced inputs) and profitability of food products is of great interest to farmers, and also has the ability to confer efficiency savings by potentially reducing the environmental impact of production. Such benefits are of great importance to policy makers and wider society.
Information and data from real-time and automated systems can also help early detection and improve awareness of poor performance, thereby allowing farmers to make timely and informed interventions and changes in practice to enhance the efficiency and sustainability of production. As financial pressures on farmers increase, each farm worker will be expected to allocate their time effectively and towards the tasks that need their attention most.
However, the potential usefulness of new technologies, their integration into decision support tools and how such systems may complement other or existing information for food production is still being understood.
We invite papers that cover some aspect of economic, environmental or social enhancement of farming systems through new technologies and data, on a broad spectrum of topics including but not restricted to: farm business, technologies, decision support tools, data processing, combining information.
Keywords: Farming, Food Production, Precision Management, Information Technologies, Big Data
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