Innovation Hubs

Innovation Hubs & linked Demo-Sites

Switzerland “Fröhlich Farm”

Fröhlich Farm is located in Niederhasli. The farm is very close to the Airport of Zürich and well connected for national and international visitors. Fröhlich Farm is cultivating 30ha, which is above average for a Swiss farm in the region. On the farm there is a variety of crops grown. Wheat, Barley, Oilseed rape, Corn, Sugarbeet, Grassland, CBD-Hemp and a range of high trunk fruit trees. The farm has fields of all kind of shapes, very variable soils, field to forest borders, different expositions and hills with up to 22% of slope. Also there are meadows in a natural reserve that are focused on biodiversity. On the farm there will be done tests on fertilization, harvesting, orchard application, soil moisture and field data management.

The facilities of the farm offer several locations to meet and accommodate people. There is enough space for parking as well as to accommodate small groups (summer and winter) and bigger groups during summer.

All machinery and interoperability trials are going to happen on the fields of the farm. To expand and to have more opportunities to show use-cases there will also be a collaboration with Agroscope Reckenholz, which is just 8km away and running many trials on fertilization, biodiversity and also precision farming ETH Zürich, Swiss Future Farm and AgriCircle.

Use case & Testing

The Swiss Innovation Hub is involved in the primary use cases on Orchards/Vineyards, Targeted Fertilization, The AEF based data transfer use-case as well as second priority use cases on Drone on fertilization and Multi-harvest Platoon Management. All tests on the Swiss Hub are field based and need to respect the crop availability as well as the annual schedule in order to perform the respective tasks. Combining the possible time windows where tests are possible with farmers availabilities there are following time slots for events and conferences in Switzerland:

Activity Plan Innovation Hub Switzerland along the use cases

The grey timing would be possible from a use case perspective and the black time windows will be more appropriate for farmers since they have more time visit events.

Peter Fröhlich


Use Case Trafficability / soil state, targeted application with meteodrone, asset tracking
Sensors & Machines used AgriCircle FMIS, John Deere tractor with variable rate, satellite systems, robots, asset tracking
Indicators measured
  • Protein yield vs. carbon hydrate.
  • Amount of input products needed.
  • Effectiveness of Laser weeding and field hygene.
  • ROI of systems for small farms (<30ha).

Stakeholder Involvement

Important stakeholders in Switzerland are farmers, researchers, officials, distributors, unions, machinery importers, media and educational institutes.Specifically there are the following stakeholders identified:

  1. Federal research centre for Agriculture (Agroscope) and their researchers related to the topics
  2. Fenaco, the national distributor with around 80% of market share in the most important areas
  3. Federal office for agriculture to include potential technologies in their research and policy making
  4. Swiss farmers union to promote technologies amongst their members
  5. Machinery importer to promote technologies to farmers in Switzerland
  6. Bauernzeitung and Schweizerbauer, the leading media to promote technologies in Switzerland
  7. Strickhof as the leading and biggest educational centre for agriculture in Switzerland

Innovation Management

Innovation management will be built on targeted communication as well as targeted activities to boost solutions providers in Switzerland. For knowledge transfer there will be a focus on the following aspects:

  1. Swiss fund on innovation for SME and solution providers
  2. National in-season demo days for precision agriculture
  3. Inclusion of solutions like targeted fertilization into policies
  4. Inclusion of solutions into educational activities and plans
  5. Specific media format for solution providers