Students from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica, Alimentaria y de Biosistemas in Madrid, attended a series of lectures given by Hugo Moreno Párrizas member of the CAR-CSIC (Centre for Automation and Robotics that belongs to the National Research Council) according to the Master in Precision Agriculture. When an experienced expert shares information and experience with our students, it is always quite rewarding. The most important features of the DACWEED project were discussed rasing enthusiasm among the students about the prospective approaches in terms of Precision Agriculture in the context of the 4º Industrial Revolution.
Numerous issues have been recognized as contributing to crops’ low yield, including poor soil and seed quality, unstable weather, technological limits, labor shortages, and limited and badly maintained agricultural infrastructures. Other contributing issues include disease outbreaks and insect infestations, which are a result of weak biosecurity efforts. Additionally, weeds have an effect on agricultural yield. Due to the high reliance on herbicides, there is severe selection pressure on many weed species, resulting in the evolution of herbicide resistance. The major advantages of DACWEED were highlighted in the master classes: the DACWEED project will integrate and combine unique components already on the market in order to regulate mechanical weed control and apply herbicides on a site-specific basis.