From a historical perspective, agriculture has always been driven by technological progress. During the 1950s, one farmer could feed only about ten people – today it’s more than 130. Technological progress in breeding, plant protection and agricultural technology made this boost in productivity possible. But today’s agricultural production systems are facing challenges: Examples are increasing resistances in crop farming, low lifetime production in dairy farming or the lack of qualified workers.
For this reason, we analyse and evaluate how new technologies help to succeed in dealing with these challenges. For this purpose, we address the following questions:
The current focus of our work in this field are analyses regarding potentials and consequences of self-propelled machines / robots and “precision farming” in arable farming. Furthermore, we currently examine the economic impact of current innovations in horticulture.
For our analyses we cooperate with different institutes as the Julius-Kühn Institute or the TU-Braunschweig.