Digital Grain Value Chain

This FIE uses technology to identify grain lots, define their quality and record cultivation history to improve business models of Nordic arable farmers.

To increase the profitability of cereal production, this Flagship Innovation Experiment (FIE) relies on the close cooperation of technology providers and farmers to develop a grain value chain, utilising and seamlessly integrating available digital solutions. These implemented smart farming technologies can identify grain lots, define their quality, record cultivation history alongside origin, aggregate data to product information and subsequently link it to the grain lot taken to an electronic grain marketplace. Due to relative low average yields stemming from the climate conditions of the Nordic region, producing cereals in bulk is considered a low profit business. Therefore, this FIE aims to develop business models focused on identifying valuable grain lots already in the field and realising their value in the electronic marketplace based on traceable product information. The variations in soils, cultivation methods, used inputs and farm sizes form an extra complication when trying to characterise grain lots, introduce their true value to the market, find customers and logistically handle them. As a result thereof, investments in farm practices to improve the quality and market value of produce such as precision agriculture techniques have not paid off for farmers until now.

To align all stakeholders along the grain value chain and enhance the digitalisation, this FIE leverages the potential of Competence Centres (CCs) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in the region to share best-practice examples, to connect farmers with national and international service providers and to attract potential investments.