The use of EGNOS and Galileo satellite navigation systems can help farmers become more efficient, reduce their use of chemicals, and increase crop yields. By increasing the accuracy, availability, reliability and continuity of satellite signals, EGNOS and Galileo will remove barriers to precision agriculture.
Applied research in FieldFact, an FP7 project, has found that EGNOS and Galileo can be used in precision farming for the following applications:
- Tractor and implement guidance
- Variable ploughing, seeding and spraying
- Mechanical weeding
- Cow fertility detection
- Virtual fencing
- Land parcel identification and geo-traceability
- Post harvest pick-up
- Supervised tracking of livestock
- Field measurements
- Field boundary mapping and updating
It is clear that GNSS, particularly Galileo and EGNOS, can be very beneficial for agriculture.