Precision Agriculture, 2, 117, 2000
ᮊ 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Manufactured in The Netherlands.
It is a real privilege to have been invited to join Pierre Robert as Co-Editor-in-Chief
of Precision Agriculture. My first year ‘‘on-board’’ has been spent in a special
project to capitalize on all the good research presented at the 2nd European
Conference on Precision Agriculture, held in Odense, Denmark in 1999. Some 30
of the papers presented at that conference have been updated with new data,
discussion and approaches by their authors and submitted to Precision Agriculture.
This special issue is the first result, to be followed by several more. They reflect the
multi-disciplinary nature of precision agriculture and illustrate the wide diversity of
research taking place in Europe and elsewhere.
In the year that these special issues are published, the 3rd European Conference
is also taking place, this time in Montpellier, France. Hopefully, more good
research will be presented there which will provide the basis for further paper
submissions to the Journal. The Conference takes place against a background of
increasing pressures on agriculture ᎏfalling profitability, disease BSE, Foot &
Mouth , environmental pressures. The temptation for the farmer is to move away
from the ‘‘sophistication’’ of precision agriculture with its expensive technology and
intensive information requirement. Let us hope that the alternative scenario
prevailsᎏthat precision agriculture is the rational way forward in the face of all
Dr John V. Stafford