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  • by LandSense team
  • 17.12.2017
  • Campaign, Agriculture

Build, Measure, Learn: A New Take On Citizen Science And Agricultural Monitoring

In Serbia’s Vojvodina province, agriculture is the basis and backdrop for the economy, although reported yields are modest with a high volatility when compared to the rest of Europe. By implementing innovative tools that provide farmers with information on the vegetation health status, the region could pave the way to increased yields and profits. Furthermore, such tools may help farmers in the region achieve a higher level of food safety and a reduced impact on the environment, without disrupting production levels.

In the upcoming winter and spring, InoSens will run a series of pilot activities in Vojvodina to involve the youngest members of the farming community, and other interested individuals, in citizen science. Through cutting edge IT technology, InoSens aims to help targeted individuals acquire a better understanding of the relationship between agricultural land-use change and production.

The ability to quickly assess crop health and identify problem areas, such as where soil may be lacking water or nutrients, is of prime importance to agribusinesses. Designed within LandSense, the CropSupport app allows farmers to easily monitor crop health and plant growth; it offers daily decision support with reliable access to Sentinel-2 data and weather updates. This information can then be used to make informed decisions about how to protect and maximize yield potential.

Our approach in establishing a sound “build, measure, learn” framework is to blend citizen science with gamification. In its first phase, the pilot engages students and teachers from agriculture high schools. Being digital natives, students crave interactivity, and through our pilot activities, they will be able to use CropSupport to immerse themselves in authentic field settings and receive first-hand experience collecting high-quality crop health data. Students will be able to receive immediate insight and feedback on the go, while teachers will be able to then bring these experiences back to the classroom, and explore the concepts of land use change in agriculture with their students.