User needs for decision support functionalities in future crop protection software

Jussi Nikander, Suvi Hara, Liisa Pesonen, Marja Jalli, Patrik Erlund, Anne Nissinen

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Farmer needs for decision support systems (DSS) were investigated using four focus group interviews, including a total of 15 Finnish farmers. The interviews were analyzed using grounded theory, which produced a selective coding describing the phenomena that influence decision making. The four main coding categories were the effects of profitability, the social network, the plant production- related factors and the operational environment. The results included farmers’ opinions on existing DSS as well as the needs that they have to improve the use of DSS software in farm management. A set of preliminary software requirements were drawn from the results.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision agriculture ’19
Subtitle of host publication- Papers Presented at the 12th European Conference on Precision Agriculture, ECPA 2019
EditorsJohn Stafford
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages985 - 991
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-8686-888-9
ISBN (Print)978-90-8686-337-2
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books
EventEuropean Conference on Precision Agriculture - Montpellier, France
Duration: 8 Jul 201911 Jul 2019
Conference number: 12


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Precision Agriculture
Abbreviated titleECPA


  • farmer needs
  • decisions support systems
  • plant protection
  • requirements


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