Agtech Sweden

The picture shows a system for satellite-based portioning of liquid fertilizer.
The picture shows a system for satellite-based portioning of liquid fertilizer. W.G. Hoogterp

The Agtech Sweden initiative aims to establish an innovation environment for tomorrow's agriculture, with a focus on sensors, digital technology, AI and the Internet of Things.

The Agtech Sweden initiative (formerly Agtech 2030), which will contribute to making Sweden a world leader in selected agricultural technology areas, is a Vinnväxt program. The timetable is 10 years and the planned budget is around SEK 200 million.

​​The initiative is currently backed by about 100 different organizations, including Region Östergötland, Hushållningssällskapet, Vreta Kluster, Linköping Science Park, Visual Sweden and AgroÖst. Linköping University and the Department of Economic and Industrial Development (IEI) is the initiative's host organization.

The aim is to create an inclusive innovation environment that generates significant technology, business and competence development and new knowledge in agricultural technology. The focus is on new concepts based on e.g. sensors, digital technology and mechanics but also on new collaborations and ways of doing business.


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In 2030, Östergötland and neighboring areas will be one of the world's most prominent regions in agricultural technology - agtech. The region distinguishes itself by attracting a high proportion of global investments in agriculture-related technology, successful start-ups, applied cutting-edge research in close networks between research institutions and industry, large-scale tech companies with international successes, high-tech and high-yielding agricultural companies that contribute to solving global sustainability goals through the use of disruptive technology and new business models - and a public sector that accelerates innovations and contributes to sustainable development through far-sighted action. The vision includes new ways processing grain products (close to primary production) as well as technological cross-linking with, for example, the forestry industry.

The vision is achieved by creating a unique, strong, inclusive and equal innovation environment that manages to gather resources and competencies that reflect a number of regionally distinctive strengths. Östergötland is a favorable platform due to its position as one of Sweden's strongest agricultural regions in combination with the region's weight in research on innovation, technology, sustainable development and management as well as through industrial capacity.

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Projects in Agtech Sweden

Detection and management of rapeseed beetles

Today, chemical pesticides are often used against infestation by oilseed rape beetles, but this is not permitted under KRAV certification. There is also a risk that the current active substances in the chemical preparations will also be banned in conventional cultivation. There is therefore a need for innovations, in addition to chemical pesticides, that can help to limit the damage.

The project aims to inventory and develop methods for detecting oilseed rape beetles and to inventory methods for managing them. It is thus about detection, prevention and prediction, as well as control during outbreaks. The project includes pilot testing of possible detection solutions e.g. based on sound and connected cameras. It also includes a survey of farmers' wishes and needs and identification of prevention and control methods.

The project is a collaboration between Lovang Lantbrukskonsult and Linköping University and includes test pilots and reference persons from e.g. Agrotec (Rotenbergs Säteri), Tolefors gård, Växtab, Lind Södergård, Frö- och Oljeväxtodlarna, Svensk Raps and Boberg. At the university, biologists, sensor experts and economists - both researchers and students - are involved.

Contact persons for this project

Projects in Agtech Sweden

Deere's factory.
Aerial Archives / Alamy Stock Ph / Deere & Co, P. Frankelius

Physical environments that promote innovative processes

Driving innovative processes in the green sector requires great capacity if one is aiming to compete globally. In this context, innovative environments play an important role.

 Innovative environments are growing around the world. Both collective environments and individual companies create their own innovation environment, sometimes in the form of buildings called "innovation centers".

Based on human needs, this project will set out a number of criteria for physical environments to support innovative processes. The method includes studies of agtech-related environments that we know have generated innovation - but also interesting environments from other sectors. Examples of concepts we use in the analysis are moodboards, which describe the mood or feeling of a place or in a room. As we define innovation as both development (of something fundamentally new) and entry into markets, we will not only study environments that support development but also environments that support entry. The latter can be about inspiring environments where new products and concepts are visualized with appetizing furnishings and modern technology. We also consider temporary environments such as booths at trade fairs.

The project is run by House by Stark AB, Väderstad, Sankt Kors Real Estate and Linköping University.

A graphic showing the concept of optimized cultivation through new spectral vitality measurements.

Optimized cultivation through new spectral vitality measurements

This project is about developing new knowledge about how different spectral signatures relate to actual crop or soil phenomena and then, based on this new knowledge, developing ideas for new concrete services for farmers and advisors.

The project's approach is to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to define optimal relationships between data of different types, such as radiometric sensor data from satellites or drones, soil data, weather data and agricultural data. The end result will be improved decision support available via the Swedish Society of Agricultural Sciences' existing decision support portal

These decision support tools are created by continuously monitoring soil conditions and crop vitality. The project is a collaboration between Hushållningssällskapet Östergötland, Linköping University, “test pilots” and “sounding boards” in the form of agricultural companies, Hushållningssällskapet Skåne, T-Kartor and others.
A capped bottle with red contents with nature in the background.
P. Frankelius

Increased value added in the starch and grain protein market

It would be beneficial for agriculture if the added value of cereals could be increased. This applies in particular to starch and oat-based products.

Questions in the project

  • What are the uses of different products?
  • Who are the most interesting potential buyers?
  • What are they actually looking for?
  • What opportunities are there for Sweden to meet demand through new technology?
  • What is the smartest way to go from potential business opportunity to real business and get the whole value chain on board?

Within the framework of the project, the prominent influencing factors for protein and case numbers will also be analyzed, not least how transport and, above all, storage/drying take place today and could take place in the future. The project is a collaboration between Lantmännen and Linköping University.

Projects in Agtech

A chicken with four eggs.

Gender sorting of fertilized eggs

Determining the gender of eggs at an early stage has long been in demand. But no one has yet developed a commercialized solution for sorting fertilized day-old eggs. This project was about trying to realize that vision.

Collaboration with the Netherlands
In the Netherlands, for example, research projects are underway on sensors for analyzing various factors in the poultry industry - not least the egg industry. Östergötland has many companies in the egg industry and Region Östergötland has, appropriately enough, established a collaboration with the Poultry Expertise Center in Food Valley in the Netherlands.

Using gas sensors
No one has yet developed a commercialized solution for sorting fertilized day-old eggs. The team chose to attack the problem in a new way, namely with gas sensors. Linköping University and the industry organization Svenska Ägg are involved in the project. Vreta Kluster AB and Swedfarm AB also have roles in the project.
An airplane on its landing gear at an airport.
P. Frankelius

Highly efficient and flexible actuator for agricultural machinery

Aerospace company Saab has invented a new highly efficient and hydraulically flexible actuator (HILA) that could also be used for agricultural machinery in the future.

Need for flexible machines
Since the 18th century, the field of agricultural field machinery has been interested in seeding machines with different designs, such as different row spacings adapted to the crop or cultivation philosophy. Today, there is also a need for flexible machines that are also wide enough to achieve high productivity. In such machines, first-class actuators are needed.

Enabling fast movement
In simple terms, the HILA principle can be described as two hands pulling in a rope. It enables very long stroke lengths and wide machines. For example, the actuator can enable low center of gravity folding to move quickly between fields.

The project idea is to create a demonstrator of this aeronautical invention. The aim is to eventually build an experimental machine, i.e. a smaller machine for use in cultivation trials. The project includes dialogues with potential partners in the agricultural industry. The project group includes Linköping University, Hushållningssällskapet and Saab.
Cows on pasture with a bag with data collection technology in the foreground.
P. Frankelius

Digital platform for natural grazing animals

Data is king, they say. But producing and using data efficiently and robustly is easier said than done. However, it is a prerequisite for realizing visions such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Open standards
Data must be stored securely, so that it is not destroyed or disseminated to unauthorized persons, structured so that it can be found in a rapidly growing data set and visualized. This is partly done today by many actors. The problem is that everyone does it in their own way. An open standard is needed.

One enabler is a flexible and cost-effective data collection infrastructure. This includes both field-based technology that does not require power supply or frequent battery changes, as well as a communication link that covers a normal farm and minimizes ongoing license costs.

Developed in collaboration with farmers

One of the goals of this project is to develop a cable-free and license-free solution that is prepared for future data collection needs. The project includes building demonstrators in collaboration with advisors and end users. The project is run by Linköping University in collaboration with farmers and other stakeholders. As inspiration, experiences from technology developed to protect rhinos in Africa against poachers are used.

News about Agtech Sweden

Tractor with seed drill.

New technology to secure future harvests

Wars, natural disasters and climate change bring huge challenges for the agriculture industry, which must at the same time provide food for a growing population. Future high-technology solutions  can increase food production in a sustainable manner.

Karola Reuterström (Stora Lövhulta gård), Per Frankelius (Linköpings universitet) and Mattias Larsson (Abbotnäs säteri).

Climate-smart farming robot solves problems

An invention by researcher Per Frankelius and farmers in the region of Sörmland could be an important step in the electrification of agriculture. It also solves other problems such as hard-packed soil, emissions and poorer harvests.

Uno Wennergren in front of a stable and a pile of fertiliser.

Sustainable agriculture to reduce hunger and eutrophication

From farm to fork and back again – that’s how nutrients should travel in a cycle. Professor Uno Wennergren carries out research into how we can use fertiliser better in order to prevent both hunger and problems with eutrophication.


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