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€10,000 "farming by satellite" prize launched by EU (press release)

Cambridge, 13 June 2012


Bayer CropScience is sponsoring a European-wide competition for students and young people (under 32) to suggest the most inspiring and innovative use of satellite navigation in agriculture.

The ‘Farming by Satellite Prize’ is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the EU agency responsible for European satellite activities, and is also sponsored by CLAAS, with additional support being given by the NFU in the UK.

The aim of the competition, which is being launched at Cereals 2012, is to promote the use of satellite navigation in agriculture and its benefits to farmers. Individuals or teams can put forward examples of where global navigation satellite systems are already helping farmers realise significant benefits on farm, or how it could be exploited in the near future.

Bayer CropScience has long recognised the potential for precision farming to help improve production, efficiency and profit on farm, says Diana Rees, marketing communications manager. “It is already affecting the way our products are applied, and has the potential to particularly help with stewardship issues, in avoiding overlaps and making sure products are applied accurately.

“Precision farming also allows accurate yield mapping, which potentially could allow us to measure directly the positive impact our products have on yields.”

It could also have implications for seed treatments and slug pellet use, as variably applied seed rates become more popular, and have applications in weed mapping on farm, she adds.

“We have already funded a mast on our research farm at Great Chishill, which is part of the network of masts run by RTK Farming Limited across East Anglia, and this initiative is another example of Bayer CropScience supporting growers’ adoption of what potentially is a very useful technology.”

Entries have to be submitted by 31 December 2012, with individuals / teams registered by 31 October 2012.

First prize is €10,000 plus an all-expenses paid trip to Paris to present the winning idea and to collect the prize.

Full details of the competition are available at


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Mike Abram, Tel. no: 01223 226621




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