Precision agriculture and sustainable agriculture: Irstea at SIMA 2019

Irstea is attending SIMA 2019 from February 24 to 28. How can we feed the planet using fewer pesticides, less water and less fertilizer? Irstea scientists are innovating to meet this challenge! Come see what innovations the farms of the future will have in store: prototypes and decision support tools to help farms change practices.

The farming sector is currently facing an enormous challenge: rethink practices while integrating technological solutions to increase productivity, limit environmental impact and make farmers’ lives easier. Irstea researchers are working on many research projects with farmers, economic and public stakeholders to help meet the challenge. They will be presenting these on February 24 to 28 at SIMA, Paris International Agribusiness Show, at Parc des Expositions (exhibition center) - Paris Nord Villepinte.

Irstea's researchers and engineers run experiments both in laboratories and the natural environment, alongside industrial partners, start-ups and farmers, to find new techniques that respect both people and the environment. Let's take a closer look at some ongoing projects.

Reducing pesticide use

  • Breaking news: Bliss, a new type of sprayer capable of reducing spray losses by up to 40%, will soon be available for purchase
  • Robots capable of in-row electric weeding and mechanical weeding
  • Phenaufol, an articulated arm that uses sensors to detect plant illnesses in order to apply an accurate dose in the correct place
  • The Symbio tile: artificial mulch that stops weeds from growing and reduces plant water requirements, developed with the Inovinea start-up

Irrigation – Saving water

  • Wastewater reuse: a full-scale experiment taking place in the Hérault, in partnership with a farmer
  • Optirrig, a decision-making support tool used to optimize irrigation program management scenarios for field crops
  • Danish Trolley, a remote farm management system with integrated irrigation and lighting systems, developed by the Green House Keeper start-up, working in partnership with our researchers at Montpellier and hosted by Irstea
  • An agrivoltaics project, developed with the Sun'R SME, which can provide up to a 20% drop in water requirements for protected crops

Water and air quality

  • Soil preparation tools equipped to decrease soil compaction, improve fertility and adjust interventions
  • An Artificial Wetland Buffer Zone to reduce water pollution in farming areas in the Brie (77) department by capturing pesticides and reducing their concentrations

Irstea at SIMA, Paris Nord Villepinte, every day from February 24 to 28, 2019

Irstea Booth - Hall 5a – Booth J35

Our researchers will be there to present prototypes and conduct software demonstrations. Members of the RobAgri association will also be there to answer questions regarding the development of robots in agriculture.

At the Innovation Village – Hall 6

Our projects conducted with our partners Inovinea, Sun’R and GHK will be present.

Please note: Irstea will be organizing a conference on the theme “Agricultural machinery: can it contribute to agroecology?” on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 14:30 to 17:00. Hall 3, Mezzanine.

Further information and registration

Irstea at “3èmes Rendez-Vous Techniques AXEMA” (3rd AXEMA Technical Meetings), in partnership with EurAgEng

On February 23, several Irstea researchers already present at Irstea will also attend Paris Nord Villepinte for an international conference on the following theme: “Sustainable agriculture: An opportunity for innovation in machinery and systems,” which will be used to open SIMA.

EurAgEng, The European Association of Agricultural Engineers, an event partner, aims to improve the scientific potential, capacity and output across Europe for the agricultural and biological engineering profession and its associated industries.

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