Agricultural System Engineering
Cost pressure has an increasing impact on field work in the technology of which over half a billion Swiss francs are invested annually. The development of larger farming units, the co-operation between farms and the use of agricultural contractors all play an increasingly important role. It is especially in plant production that appropriate technical solutions are called for.
- Investigating and assessing bases and developments in the field of agricultural engineering
- Developing and assessing technically sound, cost-effective and environmentally sound methods for cultivation, tillage and harvesting to meet the requirements of integrated production and organic agriculture
- Developing and assessing low-loss, effective and environmentally sound spreading techniques for farmyard manure, mineral fertilisers and pesticides as well as structure-protecting tilling techniques
- Determining and optimising the use of energy and emission factors in agricultural engineering and for agricultural vehicles
- Developing and investigating biomass energy sources and biodegradable operating and construction materials, primarily made of biomass
- Co-operating in the European Network for Testing of Agricultural Machinery, ENTAM, as well as additional testing of machinery used in Switzerland
Systems of production - ICT
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) offer new ways of improving agricultural production processes. The challenge now is to further optimise conventional processes in order to save costs, use resources sparingly, and improve quality.
Energy and Emissions
Ammonia, diesel soot, odour and other emissions are by-products of agricultural production. Often, these emissions are closely associated with the use of energy. New solutions for reducing emissions and using energy more efficiently are needed.