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Training Project IRIDIA

Interventi Razionali e Interscambio Dati In Agricoltura

(Rational Practices and Data Interchange in Agriculture)

Bacci L., Battista P., Romani M., Rapi B


The project aimed to train a farmers group for the knowledge and the use of the agrometeorological data and the forecasting models provided by the scientific research, which can be used as decision and orientation elements for the choices regarding the different cultural practices

The training action has been strongly innovative because it has been personally directed to the farmers and farm mangers, which have had the opportunity to debate with experts and to acquire competences about analysis tools able to power and rationalize their decisional capacities.

iridia logo The training course topics were the following:

  • Agrometeorology state of arts presentation with particular attention to the technical aspects more innovative;
  • The possible contribution of the agrometeorology in the selected productive contexts with the description of the issues linked to the work organization;
  • Description of some crops growth models (grape vine, tomato, wheat, corn, sunflower, peach, plum, etc.), plant diseases models (wheat rust and other) and general management models (irrigation, drought indexes, frost hazard, etc.);
  • Description of the tools (sensors, hardware, software, monitoring network and Decision Support System) and of the methodologies, providing a summary of the information that can be obtained from them for each crop type;
  • Applicative examples and study of specific problems proposed by the people attending the course.

The teaching program agrees with the topics list, following a logic order of the proposed elements. After having looked over the production companies involved, we have presented, in the simplest way and intuitive as possible, the general principle of agrometeorology giving, as far as possible, practical implications to the lessons.

In the framework of the two first modules, the main agrometeorologic tools have been showed, with particular attention to those with particular attention to those with a greater chance of being employed in the areas of interest. Taking into account, the information required by the selected models, we have thought to a modular network, formed by an agrometeorologic complete station and by a series of wireless sensors able to transmit the gathered data to some sink nodes and then the elaboration system.

. After exposing the differences between the collected value, datum and information, we tried to explain the importance of organizing, the collected data, in logical and rigorous way, possibly in databases, able to respond in time to emerging needs or to the needs of different operators. In fact, one of the aims of the course was to make people understand the importance of working together and to build a network for the exchange of information at least within a given production chain
In the third module titled “Agrometeorologic modelling and innovative technologies”, we have presented the models (agrometeorologic, phytopatologic, and environmental), for which the farmers have had been expressed more interest, explaining the principles driving the models, and the importance to assign weights to each elements or productive factor to understand their interactions and to estimate their role in future scenarios.

The Geographic Information System and the automatic monitoring networks role has been explained, presenting practice examples and solutions in different productive agricultural sectors applied in various parts of the world. In particular, we tried of making understand the future possibilities to have interactions among different systems (e.g. WSNs and machines) for application of Precision Farming and the need of cooperation among all the productive chain skateholders to obtain the maximum result and a true economic strengthening of the productive system






Battista Piero (piero.battista at

Rapi Bernardo (bernardo.rapi at

Romani Maurizio (maurizio.romani at


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