Special Issue "Decisions Support Systems for Crop Protection"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisco Javier Zarazaga-Soria
Guest Editor
Advanced Information Systems Laboratory, Aragón Institute of Engineering Research, University of Zaragoza, María de Luna 1, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: geographic-based data knoledge; data analysis; innovation in agriculture
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Dr. Manuel Pérez-Ruiz
Co-Guest Editor
Department of Aerospace Engineering and Fluids Mechanics, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica (ETSIA), Universidad de Sevilla, 41013 Sevilla, Spain
Interests: remote sensing; precision agriculture; agriculture machinery; advances in crop protection
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Forth Industrial Revolution has started to be present in the farming scope by means of Smart Farms that, similar to what is happening with Smart Factories, pursue the interconnection of machines and systems with the premises—in this case, agricultural parcels and first processing facilities. On one hand, the objective is the adaptability of production systems, thanks, for example, to improvements in crop rotation to obtain better production levels, and on the other hand, efficiency of production systems, by means of optimization in the use of water, fertilizers, and phytosanitary products, creating what is denominated as Precision Agriculture. As part of this paradigm, we have tools for the management, operation, and planning levels of a farm, as well as for helping technicians in making decisions about problems that may be rapidly changing and not easily specified in advance. These tools are the decision support systems (DSSs). This Special Issue will focus on the new technologies that could be part of DSSs for providing the bases for giving the best answer for crop protection. We welcome novel research, reviews, and opinion pieces covering all related topics, including decisions support systems, farm management information systems, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, remote sensing, blockchain, management solutions, modeling, case studies from the field, and policy positions.

Prof. Francisco Javier Zarazaga-Soria
Dr. Manuel Pérez-Ruiz
Guest Editors

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  • Decisions support system (DSS)
  • Farm management information system (FMIS)
  • Big data (BD)
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Remote sensing (RS)
  • Blockchain (BC)
  • Crop protection (CP)

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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