Innovation Hubs

Innovation Hubs & linked Demo-Sites

Germany “International DLG Crop Production Center”

The International Crop Production Center (IPZ) of the German Agricultural Society (DLG), the DLG-IPZ, is a combined experimental and practical farm located in central Germany, Bernburg. It is well connected to regional and national stakeholders such as universities, research departments, official institutions, breeding companies and agricultural associations like:

  • German Farmers Association e.V. (DBV)
  • State Institution for Agriculture and Horticulture of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Bernburg
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • KWS SAAT SE & Co. KGaA
  • Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants (JKI)
  • additionally many other

Additionally, the DLG expert committees are integrated in the structure of the DLG-IPZ, as well. The committees represent groups of farmers, scientists, consultants as well as representatives of politics and industry working on specific topics in agriculture. They act as input providers for the needs of practical farming and at the same time as multipliers for new knowledge and results into the agricultural branch.

Furthermore, the DLG is the organizer of international trade fairs and exhibitions like EuroTier, DLG-Field-days and AGRITECHNICA. Those events will be used as platforms for dissemination, feedback and input opportunities.

Use cases & Testing

The Innovation Hub DLG-IPZ in Germany focuses on specific use cases, livestock behaviour analysis, multi-harvest platoon management, material flow balance, targeted fertilization and drone technology for fertilization as well as soil analysis and autonomous machinery. The allocation of all specific use cases to the temporal course of an agricultural production year enables the activity of the Innovation Hub DLG-IPZ to be managed.

Activity Plan Innovation Hub Germany along the use cases

 

International DLG Crop Production Center

 

Use Case Targeted application
Sensors & Machines used Hyperspectral Imaging, LIDAR, IoT temperature / humidity sensors
Indicators measured
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Fertilization effectiveness in comparative studies.
  • Laser weeding effectiveness in comparative studies.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • Amount of product needed in comparative studies.
  • ROI of different farming systems.
IBL Experimental Farm Cologne

 

Use Case Trafficability / soil state
Sensors & Machines used Proprioceptive sensors, tractors
Indicators measured
  • Fuel reduction through optimized vehicle setup.
  • Optimal tyre pressure.

 

Seelmeyer & Woltering KG

 

Use Case Behaviour analysis of livestock / trafficability / soil state, targeted application
Sensors & Machines used Fodjan camera system for poultry and cattle, Fendt tractore with variable rate application and Variodoc pro / Tyre pressure
Indicators measured
  • Damage through aggressive behaviour.
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Liquid manure quality.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • Optimal tyre pressure and fuel consumption.

 

Gut Derenburg

 

Use Case Trafficability / soil state, targeted application
Sensors & Machines used John Deere and Claas tractor with variable rate, Yara N-sensor, satellite systems, robots
Indicators measured
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • ROI of systems for big farms (>1’000ha).

 

Falk Lieder

 

Use Case Trafficability / soil state, targeted application
Sensors & Machines used AgriCircle FMIS, Agrocom FMIS, John Deere tractor with variable rate, Yara N-sensor, satellite systems
Indicators measured
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • ROI of systems for mid-sized farms (200-500ha).

 

Stephan Künne

 

Use Case Fodjan camera system for pigs, Irrigation management/ trafficability / soil state, targeted application
Sensors & Machines used Variable rate irrigation, soil moisture sensors, satellite systems, Variable rate application, asset tracking
Indicators measured
  • Damage through aggressive behaviour in pics.
  • Liquid manure tracked and better data available.
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Liquid manure quality.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • Irrigation effectiveness and water savings.

 

Stakeholder Involvement

For stakeholder involvement, the DLG-IPZ makes use of its local and also national networks in Germany: (1) Agricultural end users, (2) Expert committees of agribusiness, (3) Scientific and research institutions, (4) Farmers Association and State Institution (5) DLG involved networks, which are described below.

(1) Agricultural end user: The DLG is an organisation of the agricultural and food industry with more than 30,000 members in this sector.

(2) Expert Committees of the agribusiness: The DLG maintains about 50 Expert Committees in which about 900 voluntary experts from agricultural practice, science, consulting, representatives of the agribusiness, administration and politics develop solutions for the challenges of agriculture and agribusiness:

  • DLG Committee arable farming
  • DLG Committee plant nutrition
  • DLG Committee plant protection
  • DLG Committee for Digitization, Work Management and Process Technology
  • DLG Committee for Technology in Crop Production
  • DLG Committee Livestock Production (poultry, pigs, cattle)

 (3) Scientific and research institutions: The local proximity of the DLG-IPZ to the scientific and research institutions in Bernburg, Germany, makes it possible to address the information about the ATLAS use cases to the scientific and research stakeholders. These institutions are listed below:

  • Anhalt University of Applied Sciences Bernburg
  • Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants (JKI)

 (4) Farmers Association and State Institution: Further local networks maintained by the DLG-IPZ at the Bernburg site are named below:

  • German Farmers Association e.V. (DBV)
  • State Institution for Agriculture and Horticulture of Saxony-Anhalt

 (5) DLG networks involved: DLG is a member of the INNO space2agriculture network, which now has 150 network partners from all economic sectors. This is a network funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and aims to make space know-how available to other economic sectors such as agriculture. Under the leadership of the German Aerospace Center, regular working group meetings and special workshops take place in this network to discuss cross-industry dialogue and technology transfer between space and other sectors of the economy. Furthermore, DLG maintains a network of start-up companies in the agricultural sector that present their new technologies to a broad public at DLG trade fairs such as Agritechnica.

Innovation Management

The aim is to make the benefits of the innovation produced in ATLAS available to a larger audience along the agriculture value chain in Germany. For this purpose, the following categorisation is made:

  1. End User
  2. Service Providers
  3. Researchers and Scientists
  4. Policy makers
Category Target group Target Strategy
End User Farmers

Knowledge transfer to a larger practical farmer audience,

Communication and dissemination for relevant Solutions in the practical digital agriculture

Newsletter,

Demonstration days on specific topics,

Meetings and Workshops

Service Providers SMEs in the area of Sensors, instruments, integrated customised solutions as well as advisors

Reaching a larger group from this sector for the ATLAS solutions,

Gathering valuable feedback for the ATLAS consortium from the SME perspective in this specific area

Information days,

Seminars and specialised informative Workshops

Researchers and Scientists Scientific and research institutions

Gathering valuable feedback from the scientific perspective and future practical farmers,

Knowledge transfer on interoperability structures in practical agricultural use cases

Info material,

Presentation on Workshops and Seminars for professors and students

Policy Makers Regional and national authorities

Knowledge transfer on interoperability structures in practical agriculture

Raising awareness of interoperability criteria in digital agriculture for future challenges

Newsletter and info material,

Meetings and presentations