I4S (Intelligence for Soil) – Integrated System for Site-Specific Soil Fertility Management

Project number: 031A564A
Contact: Dr. Robin Gebbers, Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Mail: rgebbers@atb-potsdam.de
Project team: Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik Potsdam-Bornim e.V., Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., Geophilus GmbH, Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V., Technische Universität München, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Universität Potsdam, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung Müncheberg e.V.
Duration: 01/10/2015 – 30/09/2018 (does not apply for all subprojects) 

Project aim

I4S is targeted towards the design of an integrated system for fertilizer recommendations and improvement of soil functions regarding nearly every square meter of soil. 

Motivation 
A detailed assessment of soil properties and a deeper understanding of soil processes are prerequisites for a site-specific and thus resource-saving and ecofriendly soil management.In agricultural practice, however, technologies for site-specific fertilization and tillage are still not widespread. The high demand on input data is one of the main reasons why the modeling and prediction of soil nutrient dynamics is not regularly used in practice. In particular, cost-efficient methods for detecting relevant soil properties such as soil type, nutrient, and humus content are lacking as well as easy-to-use decision support systems. 
Expected results 
The outcome of the project will include new soil sensors and new mobile sensor platforms for soil mapping. A set of soil and crop models will be developed specifically adapted to process the sensor readings. These models will form the core of a decision support system which will provide guidance on site-specific fertilization of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and lime.