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Sustainability 2017, 9(8), 1339; doi:10.3390/su9081339

Precision Agriculture Technologies Positively Contributing to GHG Emissions Mitigation, Farm Productivity and Economics

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Agricultural University of Athens, Iera Odos 75, 118 55 Athina, Greece
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Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food research (ILVO), Burgemeester Van Gansberghelaan 92 box 1, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra), P.O. Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands
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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate Sustainable Resources, Economics of Agriculture, Edificio Expo, Calle Inca Garcilaso 3, E-41092 Seville, Spain
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Scotland’s Rural College, Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK
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Received: 22 June 2017 / Accepted: 16 July 2017 / Published: 31 July 2017
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Abstract

Agriculture is one of the economic sectors that affect climate change contributing to greenhouse gas emissions directly and indirectly. There is a trend of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions reduction, but any practice in this direction should not affect negatively farm productivity and economics because this would limit its implementation, due to the high global food and feed demand and the competitive environment in this sector. Precision agriculture practices using high-tech equipment has the ability to reduce agricultural inputs by site-specific applications, as it better target inputs to spatial and temporal needs of the fields, which can result in lower greenhouse gas emissions. Precision agriculture can also have a positive impact on farm productivity and economics, as it provides higher or equal yields with lower production cost than conventional practices. In this work, precision agriculture technologies that have the potential to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions are presented providing a short description of the technology and the impacts that have been reported in literature on greenhouse gases reduction and the associated impacts on farm productivity and economics. The technologies presented span all agricultural practices, including variable rate sowing/planting, fertilizing, spraying, weeding and irrigation. View Full-Text
Keywords: precision agriculture technologies; greenhouse gas emissions; farm productivity; variable rate nutrient application; variable rate irrigation; variable rate pesticide application; variable rate planting/seeding; precision physical weeding precision agriculture technologies; greenhouse gas emissions; farm productivity; variable rate nutrient application; variable rate irrigation; variable rate pesticide application; variable rate planting/seeding; precision physical weeding
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Balafoutis, A.; Beck, B.; Fountas, S.; Vangeyte, J.; Wal, T.; Soto, I.; Gómez-Barbero, M.; Barnes, A.; Eory, V. Precision Agriculture Technologies Positively Contributing to GHG Emissions Mitigation, Farm Productivity and Economics. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1339.

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