INTRODUCTION

PROPLANTA is a Quality Innovation Award winner application. The system and the software have been developed by researchers of the Centre for Agricultural Research in Hungary. PROPLANTA aims at: Maximizing the profit per unit area while minimizing environmental pollution, thus PROPLANTA doubly promotes sustainable agriculture. PROPLANTA was developed following the LAB-FAB-APP approach. Based on extensive research and innovative software development we turned the collected scientific knowledge for the benefit of all. In terms of research: Soil, yield and plant nutrition data of the Network of Long-Term Fertilization Experiments was collected: this meant over 15 stations across Hungary. Same data was collected additionally from over 80 long-term field trials, covering more than 50 years of experimentation. This ensures that PROPLANTA provides spatially and climatically representative, robust and reliable results. The experimental results have been incorporated into a database. Fast queries and an intuitive graphical user interface facilitate seamless and hi-efficient operation. PROPLANTA is continuously improving. Regular consultancies with the experts of the Chamber of Agriculture unsure system’s compliance with relevant directives. Similarly, feedbacks from farmers were used to create a user friendly and flexible, highly customizable software. Since its first release in 2006, PROPLANTA is continuously validated in test experiments and compared to other advisory systems at domestic and international levels … always with very good results, making PROPLANTA a competitive application.

Some features of PROPLANTA as well as some results obtained by using it:

• It is capable of providing recommendations for 150 crops including vegetables, fruits and vine

• It calculates not only NPK doses but lime, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese doses, as well

• The system meets the requirements of precision agriculture: can create recommendations for practically unlimited number of zones

• Over 1.2 million hectares covered with the recommendations

• Over 10 million € saved for farmers due to lower fertilizer doses

• Around 2,500 tonnes less nitrate was applied; decreasing the risk of nitrate leaching

• Around 14,500 tonnes less phosphate was applied; decreasing the risk of polluting surface waters