Herald of the Russian Academy of Sciences

, Volume 88, Issue 5, pp 330–340 | Cite as

Prospects for “Smart Agriculture” in Russia

  • V. P. YakushevEmail author
  • V. V. YakushevEmail author
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The authors justify the use of precision agriculture as a key vector in the development of the “smart agriculture” segment of the FoodNet platform of the national technological initiative. A prospectless extensive agriculture, based on exploitation of natural soil fertility, prevails in Russia; therefore, perennial field research has highlighted the economic and ecological advisability of using the information technologies of precision agriculture. Against the background of a significant increase in crop yields, the payback on fertilizers and plant-protecting agents increased 1.5–1.7 times; the agrochemical load on the environment decreased by 35–60%; and the quality of crop production improved noticeably. The transition to new crop production technologies is justified. Attention is paid to the need to create a domestic physicotechnical and software–hardware basis for precision agriculture, its absence being a major hindrance to the development of “smart agriculture” in Russia.


national technological initiative precision agriculture precision livestock farming electronic job cards global positioning systems Earth’s remote probing optical characteristics of plantings mobile data measuring systems software and hardware 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Agrophysical Research InstituteSt. PetersburgRussia

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