CIGR Working Groups are appointed by the Executive Board to carry out studies on specific subjects of international importance and interest.
The Working Groups Co-ordinator assists the Chairpersons of the Working Groups in the fulfilment of their task and in providing a liaison with the governing bodies of CIGR.
Landscape is about the relationship between people and place. Human impact on the place has changed the landscape. In the past, the rural landscape has been mostly influenced by farmers and landowners. Now, the landscape has more urban influences. The rural cultural landscape which is a product of environmental conditions and land use is vanishing. Rural landscape protection and valorization are needed. The Rural landscape protection and valorization should integrate natural conservation, farmland retention, historic preservation and so on. The Rural landscape protection and valorization should be linked to the social and economic needs. The Rural landscape protection and valorization should be sustainable. The mission of this working group is having the intensive discussion on the question how research might support rural landscape protection and valorization. The common understanding that can be shared and generalize the issue of the development of future rural landscapes is expected.
The WG will discuss and promote the following methods and techniques (and will not be limited to):
In-farm, extra farm and regional logistics
Delivery of high-value produce through the supply-chain
Information streaming along the supply-chain
The mission of the Precision Aerial Application Working Group is to develop and implement new and improved precision aerial application equipment for safe, efficient, and sustainable crop production and protection.
The overall objective of this group is to provide precision aerial application solutions for aerial applicators using cutting edge technologies. The first variable-rate aerial application system was developed about a decade ago in the USA and since then, precision aerial application has benefitted from these technologies. Many areas around the world rely on readily available agricultural airplanes or helicopters for pest management, and variable-rate aerial application provides a way of making effective and precise application of agrochemicals. In the context of precision aerial application, variable-rate control can simply mean terminating spray over field areas that do not require inputs, terminating spray near pre-defined buffer areas determined by Global Positioning, or applying multiple rates to meet the variable needs of the crop. Prescription maps for precision aerial application are developed using remote sensing, Global Positioning, and Geographic Information System technologies. Precision aerial application technology has the potential to benefit the agricultural aviation industry by saving operators and farmers time and money.
This new working group will focus on serving as an organizer and coordinator of researchers involved in Precision Aerial Application. This group via the Officers will organize International Meetings in July 2012 (Texas, USA) and 2014 (China - concurrent with CIGR International meeting). Besides serving as a coordinator to report current research projects, each of meetings will have a session focused on the identification of future research needs and which institutions have the capability to do the research. This will eliminate a repeat of research effort and enhance international collaborations.
As the first International Precision Aerial Application Group, this new CIGR working group will serve as a valuable resource to the aerial application community. By coordinating research projects across multiple institutions, the role and impact of precision application will increase in aerial application situations.