Special Issue "New Development in Smart Farming for Sustainable Agriculture"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Pentoś
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Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, 37b Chełmonskiego Street, 51-630 Wrocław, Poland
Interests: modeling and optimization in agricultural engineering; electrical parameters of biological materials; bioinformatics; artificial intelligence; computational intelligence; pattern classification; clustering; artificial neural networks; food science; evolutionary algorithms; neural modeling
Prof. Dr. Gniewko Niedbała
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Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 50, 60-627 Poznań, Poland
Interests: artificial neural networks; artificial intelligence; machine learning; yield modelling; predictions; forecasting; crop production
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Dr. Tomasz Wojciechowski
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Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wojska Polskiego 50, 60-627 Poznań, Poland
Interests: agricutural engineering; soil tillage; precison agriculture; soil monitoring, proximal sensing, spectroscopy; digital farming; smart farming
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart farming is a relatively new farming management concept evolving from precision to digital agriculture, generating a fourth wave of the agricultural revolution (Agriculture 4.0). It combines precision agriculture with digital technology. Many techniques and tools, such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of things, big data analysis, machine learning, modern communication technologies, development of GNSS and Earth observation systems, drones, robots and automation systems, are employed to make modern agriculture more “intelligent” and “smart”.

The Smart Farming approach is becoming an essential step toward sustainable agriculture by reducing the environmental impact of farming, making agriculture more profitable for farmers, and increasing consumer acceptance of agricultural technologies and products. Modern sensors collect information about parameters of crops, soil, water, etc. The acquired data are stored, processed, and analyzed, and valuable knowledge is extracted. Control and decision support systems use knowledge for the optimization and automatization of agricultural processes. All together, they will represent a technical revolution bringing about major changes and agricultural practice. Such deep changes in practice bring not only opportunities but also big challenges.

This Special Issue aims to present state-of-the-art papers related to a wide range of reviews, research papers, communications, technical papers, research concepts, and perspectives in the applications and benefits of smart farming in sustainable agriculture.

Some of the topics of interest in this Special Issue include (but are not limited to):

  • Smart farming technologies for sustainable crop, animal, and fish production;
  • Sustainable, data-driven agri-food supply chain;
  • Remote sensing for sustainable smart farming modeling and optimization of agricultural processes;
  • Modeling and optimization of automation and robotization systems for sustainable farming;
  • Smart sensors and the Internet of Things for sustainable agriculture;
  • Decision support systems and data analysis in sustainable agriculture;
  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning application for sustainable agriculture;
  • Cloud computing and big data analysis in the sustainable agri-food sector.

Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Pentoś
Prof. Dr. Gniewko Niedbała
Dr. Tomasz Wojciechowski
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • smart farming
  • precision agriculture
  • precision livestock
  • precision horticulture
  • digital agriculture
  • remote sensing
  • Internet of Things
  • data analysis
  • sustainable agriculture
  • traceability
  • supply chain
  • artificial neural networks

Published Papers

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