From “smart farming” to digging machines, the many topics of EIMA Preview

Also on the third day, the calendar of on-line events offered central topics for agricultural machinery. Still in the foreground, digital technologies and the most diverse applications of agriculture 4.0. These were the subjects of lectures and seminars promoted by Italian and foreign universities as part of the EIMA Campus initiative.

The applications of advanced electronics to agricultural activities were also the guiding theme of the third day of the EDP, the EIMA Digital Preview. The on-line lessons, promoted by Italian universities and grouped in the EIMA Campus area, concerned smart farming systems, the use of networks to promote environmentally friendly agricultural practices, the contribution of 3D models obtained from drones to implement agriculture 4.0, and in a more general sense, the new trends in precision agriculture at the service of environmental sustainability. In this area, the meeting promoted by AGIA in collaboration with the University of Ankara, the University of Samsun, and the Agriculture and Life Association to present the "Implement 4.0" project was particularly interesting. Still on the subject of digital agriculture, there was keen interest for the conference promoted by Image Line on "Digital agriculture and interoperability", which follows the one on "Digital agriculture: technologies of the future”, held the previous day and aimed at outlining the development scenarios of computer and data transmission technologies applied to agriculture. The harmony of the agricultural world with the topics of technological interest is significant: the association that brings together European farmers Copa-Cogeca held its own seminar centred on systems for sustainable agriculture and on the prospects of applying them to farms and agricultural cooperatives. The publishing house L'Informatore Agrario gave life to the presentation event of the “Copernicus” programme, specifically aimed at innovation in agriculture, while Diesel magazine promoted a meeting on the topic “The hybridization of telescopic handlers is proving to be fluid and linear. Will this also be the case for specialized tractors?". The third day also saw many meetings promoted by manufacturers, including those held by Omig on research and development activities, by Ama on the Proline range, by Irritec on the recovery of plastic from the field, by Saer on pumps for the irrigation of avocadoes, by Cobo on digital systems 4.0, and by Netafim for remote plant management. Space was also dedicated to soil working techniques, with two seminars promoted by Selvatici and Maschio Gaspardo respectively, the first focused on the agronomic practice of digging, the second on the presentation of a new product, the Tempo Ultra Isotronic sprayer.

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EIMA Digital Preview, a project "in progress"

The digital platform will be perfected quickly, to support the promotional activities of agricultural machinery companies. Over 59 thousand accesses were recorded in the five days of the EDP review, and about 10 thousand users participated in on-line seminars and conferences on salient issues of agricultural mechanization. President Malavolti extended his special thanks to the Minister of Agriculture Teresa Bellanova, and to the representatives of the government and institutions who took part in the EDP event.

EDP, the issue of safety in the foreground

EIMA Digital Preview, the first virtual exhibition of agricultural machinery, dedicated Saturday 14 November to the issues of safety, ergonomics, and the prevention of accidents at work in the primary sector. The prevention of accidents with tractors and the devices aimed at improving the well-being of the operator on board the self-propelled machines.

Agronomy, safety and communication: the topics on the EDP calendar

The fourth day of the digital review of agricultural mechanics featured many events centred on cultivation techniques and on the topic of safety, but also on aspects related to information in the sector. A Yearbook brings together all the professionals who deal with communication in the sector's companies, in the competent bodies, and in the specialized media.

“The machine that I would like”: young people speak

The competition between agricultural institutes to develop new agricultural machinery "concepts", promoted by Agia (CIA) and FederUnacoma, was presented as part of the EDP. The projects will have to refer to specific mechanical means for internal areas, useful for revitalizing the range of activities that are possible in a rural environment. The award ceremony will be held at EIMA in Bologna in 2021.

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