Innovation Hubs

Innovation Hubs & linked Demo-Sites

Switzerland “Fröhlich Farm”

Fröhlich Farm is located in Niederhasli – very close to the Airport of Zürich. The 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.

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.

If you would like to recieve more information about the Fröhlich Farm or their collaborations, please contact the Innovation Hub Switzerland!


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.

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).