Information technology and GIS in agriculture

Pest control, planning actions and measures in agriculture, environmental protection and, most important, the protection of people, can no longer be imagined today without the use of modern information technologies. Databases, user interfaces, software and the Internet have become a part of our everyday lives. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) technology gives us an amazing insight into space; spatial analysis used in GIS provides us with new data and enables proper planning of plant protection, prediction and management of various risks.

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In the framework of public authority tasks and a concession contract in the field of plant health and plant protection granted by the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection, MAFF, we are involved in the maintenance and development of an agro-meteorological information system, including the portals AGROMET and FITO-INFO, the development and regulation of a phytosanitary spatial portal; we perform spatial analysis and produce thematic maps; we are participating in the development of user interfaces for the management of various records, and producing user manuals. We use licensed and open source software in our work.

Thanks to the support of the participating researchers in the various fields of knowledge (agriculture, environment (soil, water, air), nature) we are successfully integrating different knowledge, databases and records into new projects. To cover different areas of information technology we cooperate with subcontractors. We carry out:

  1. Preparation and processing of spatial data and records, the preparation of data and reports for licensing and open source formats (MS Office, LibreOffice, databases).
  2. Preparation of analyses and plots for agricultural expert opinions in the implementation of land consolidation and land reclamation procedures on agricultural land and land rating, production of bases and analyses for the change of use of agricultural land etc.
  3. Making simple charts or maps and risk maps to describe phenomena in the environment (buffer zones of surface water etc.).

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