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INIA - Quilamapu
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OCTOBER 10, 1968.
1994, Agronomist, University of Concepción - Chile.
1997, MSc in Agricultural Engineering.
Dept. Agricultural Engineering Universidad of Concepción,
2001, PhD en Bioresources and Agricultural
Enginnering Dept. Chemical and Boiresources Eng.,
Colorado State University, USA.
2002 a 2004
2001- now
2002 - now
Assistant Professor of hydrology and drainage courses,
Universidad of Concepción. Chillán, Chile.
Irrigation Projects Director. (PROMM Cayucupil, FONDEF)
Regional Irrigation and Drainage Program Director of
the National Agriculture Research Institute.
Research Assistant, USDA-ARS-AERC, Fort Collins, CO, US
(During Phd Studies).
Natural and Environmental Department Director. INIA CRI
National Research Director of Precision Agriculture Program,
National Agriculture Research Institute, actually with projects in
Viticulture and Fruit Trees.
Chilean Director of Ecocertification and Precision Agriculture
Platform INIA – PROCISUR (Including Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil,
Paraguay and Bolivia).
 1992, Candidate to Chile Agronomist University Shell Scholarship (Highest Scores of
Agronomist Faculties Student).
 1994 y 1995, University Graduate Scholarship. Universidad of Concepción.
 1998-2001. INIA Scholarship to PhD Studies in Colorado State University.
 2000-2001 USDA-ARS-AERC Assistantships.
 Member of the scientific committee of the 7th Symposium of Information and Technologies
for Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable production. Montpellier, France 2005.
 Director of steering committee and Member of the scientific committee of the 8th
Symposium of Information and Technologies for Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable production
(www.frutic09.org), Concepción – Chile, 2009.
 Member of the scientific committee of the 7th World Congress of Computers in Agriculture
and Natural Resources, Reno, USA, 2009.
 Member of the scientific committee of the International Conference of Agricultural
Engineering, XXXVII Congresso Brasileiro de Engenharia Agrícola.
 Member of the scientific committee of the Fourth Asian Conference on Precision
Agriculture, Hokkaido, Japan in July 5-7, 2011.
 International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), Section III and VII Board
 Journal of Information Technology in Agriculture (JITAg) Editorial Board.
 Best, S.C. Energy use for wine production in dry lands. 1994. Ciencia y Investigación
Agraria 22(1): 27-34.
 Best, S.C. Technical Advance in Meteorology Stations. 1996. Tierra Adentro (9), julioagosto. 56p.
 Best, S.C. Effect of dairy manure over the soil and crops. 1996. In: Proceedings of the
International Course of Management and Utilization of Dairy Manure. Los Angeles Chile. 86p.
 Best, S.C. Evaluation of drainage model simulation behave in Ñuble county, Chillán, Chile.
1997. Proc. of the 2th Chilean Congress of Agriculture Engineering. Agro-Ciencia. p 4041.
 Best, S.C. Technical Advance in Meteorology Stations. 1996. Tierra Adentro (9),
 Best, S.C. Spatial distribution of available nitrogen under center pivot sprinklers. 2001. Phd.
Dissertation. Agric. and Chem. Engr. Dept. Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, 188 p.
 Duke, H.R., S.C. Best, and D.G. Westfall. 2000. Spatial distribution of available nitrogen
under center pivot sprinklers. Proc. of the 4th National Irrigation Symposium. ASAE,
Phoenix, Az, pp. 594-599.
Best, S. and H.R. Duke. 2001. Spatial distribution of water and nitrogen application
under center pivot sprinklers. In Proc. of Central Plains Irrigation course and exposition.
Central Plane Irrigation Association. Kearney, Nebraska. pp. 58-65.
Best, S.C. 2002. Use of spatial and temporal criteria for corn nitrogen fertilization. Proc. IX
Congreso Nacional de la ciencia del suelo. Universidad de Talca. Talca, 4-6 de Noviembre.
Best, S.C. 2002. Nitrogen Fertirrigation with center pivot in corn. Bioleche Magazine.
Septiembre. 16-17p.
Hirzel, J. Best, S. 2002. Nutritional necessities of corn in the irrigated area of the VIII
Region. Revista Bioleche. Septiembre. 49-51p.
Flores, L., Best, S. 2002. Spatial variability of soil properties and their influence in yield and
quality of grapes. Proc. IX Congreso Nacional de la ciencia del suelo. Universidad de Talca.
Talca, 4-6 de Noviembre. 183-185p.
Best, S.C. 2002. Research Activities in traditional and export crops in Chile. Proc. 3ª
Seminario Internacional de Agricultura de Precisión de Cono Sur de América, Córdoba,
Argentina. Córdoba, 17 – 19 de Diciembre 2002. 76p.
Best, S., J. Barrera. 2003. Application of precision viticulture techniques to optimize better
quality grapes. Proc. IX Congreso Latinoamericano de Viticultura y Enología. Santiago,
Chile. 219 p.
Hirzel, J., N. Rodríguez y S. Best. 2003. Temporal variability of nutritional content in apples
var. Braeburn. 23 Congreso Agronómico de Chile. Puerto Natales. Chile.
Best, S. Searching quality grapes in Chile. 2004. Compendio Vitivinícola. Editorial Nuevos
Mundos, Santiago, Chile. 400p.
Best, S., J. Barrera y M. Claret. 2004. Spatial relationships between vineyards quality and
yield factors and vegetation index. In press Agricultura Técnica Journal, Reception Code AT
4-77. Chile.
Barrera J. y S. Best. 2005. Practical applications of precision viticulture. Boletín info. Itata
wines, Chillán, Chile. 400p.
Best, S. 2005. Use of Precision Viticulture Tools to Optimize the Harvest of High Quality
Grapes. To be presented in the Information and Technologies for sustainable Fruit and
Vegetable Production Symposium, Montpellier, France, 12-16 September.
Best, S. 2005. Use of precision agriculture tools to profitability optimization in apples
orchards. To be presented in the Proc. Of the III International Precision Agriculture
Symposium. Agosto 16-18, Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Bongiovanni, R.; Mantovani, E.; Best, S. y A. Roel. 2006. Agricultura de Precisión:
Integrando conocimiento para una Agricultura Moderna y Sustentable. Montevideo:
Troc, C. y S. Best. 2006. Sistema de pronóstico de calidad de cosecha en manzano, mediante
percepción remota. Tesis Magíster. U. Talca.
Best, S. 2007. Uso Práctico de Viticultura de precisión en el valle del Itata. Boletín Técnico,
Best, S., F. Salazar, and L. Leon. 2008. Crop load estimation model to optimize the yield –
quality ratio in apples orchard, Var. Royal Gala. Journal of Information Technology in
Agriculture. ISSN: 1546-959X. V (3) 1. 11-18p.
León, L., B. Kemps, B. De Ketelaere, S. Best and Josse de Baerdemaeker.2009.
Development and evaluation of a model based on VIS/NIR spectroscopy for determination of
fruit quality associated variables and the use on precision viticulture. Proceedings of the 8th
Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. p 208-213.
Best S., G. Gatica, L. León. 2009. Development of an assessment model of water stress. Of a
var Merlot Vineyard, based on the use of infrered thermography. Proceedings of the 8th
Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. p. 140-149.
Best S., F. Salazar , R. Bastías and L. León. 2009. Crop Load estimation model to optimize
yield-quality ratio in apple orchards, Malus domestica Borkh, Var. Royal Gala. Proceedings
of the 8th Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. p.
Medina, M. and S. Best. 2009. Pendular anchorage model for the evaluation of foliar volume
in fruit trees. Proceedings of the 8th Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering
symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. p. 746-752.
A. Romero, S. Best, J. Arumi, N Valderrama, and R. Merino. 2009. Variability of soil and
water condition of vines in agricultural farm in the province of Cauquenes. Proceedings of
the 8th Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. p. 150157.
Hirzel, J., and S. Best. 2009. Effect of two rootstocks on the seasonal nutritional variability
of Braeburn apple. International Plant Nutrition Colloquium. Paper 1375. Davis, California,
Best S., I. Zamora y I. Quiroz. 2009. Tecnologías Aplicables en Agricultura de Precisión:
Uso de tecnologías de agricultura de precisión en evaluación, diagnóstico y solución de
problemas productivos. Santiago, Chile. Boletín FIA, ISBN Nº 978-956-7874-903. 98p.
Bart Kemps. L. Leon, S. Best, J. De Baerdemaeker, and B. De Ketelaere. 2010. Assessment
of the Quality Parameters in Grapes using VIS/NIR Spectroscopy. Biosystems Engineering.
Volume 105, Issue 4, April 2010, Pages 507-513.
 1996. International Course of Handling and Use of Dairy Slurry. Los Angeles, Chile.
 1997. II National Seminary of Agricultural Engineering. Chillán-Chile.
 2001. 4th National Irrigation Symposium. ASAE, Phoenix, Az.
 2001. III International Seminar of Encounter of Waters. IICA. Santiago.
 2001. 2ª International Seminary of Precision Agriculture in the south Cone of America,
Santiago, Chile. November 2001.
 2002. 3ª International Seminar of Precision Agriculture of the America south cone,
Córdoba, Argentina. Córdoba, 17 – 19 December 2002.
 2002. Seminary of Vitiviniculture and Irrigation. Santa Cruz, Chile. 10-07-2002.
 2002. IV Vitivinicultural Days. Viña San Pedro. Molina, Chile. 21/08/02.
 2002. Agro-Expo. Santiago, 4/09/02.
 2002. IX Congress of Soil Sciences. Talca, 4-6 November.
 2003. PROCISUR International Seminary in Precision Agriculture.
 2003. Seminary of Advances of Precision Agriculture. Fital, Talca, 3/04/03.
 2003. Presentation of Precision Agriculture, EEUU and Chilean advances. Seminary
Tarapacá Winery. January, 2003.
2003. Applied precision agriculture. Vinitech 2003.
2003. Presentation of Precision Agriculture as tool for Geotrazability of agricultural
products. Campinas, Brazil.
2004 Use of Precision Agriculture as a tool to integrate Environmental Protocols in
export crops. Buenos Aires Cereals Stock Market, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004. 5ª Seminar of Precision Agriculture. INTA Manfredi, Córdoba, Argentina.
Córdoba, 13 – 15 de July.
2004. International Seminary in diffusion of South Cone Precision Agriculture
experiences. Bella Vista, Itapúa, Paraguay. 15-16 September.
2004. First International Seminar of Precision Agriculture. Santiago. Chile. 13 September.
2005. Vitiviniculture technological Projections for Australia and Chile International
Seminar. Platina 19 February. Santiago, Chile.
2005. International Seminar of Advances in Precision Agriculture in the south cone.
MERCOSUR Building, Montevideo Uruguay. 25 de Mayo.
2005. III International Precision Agriculture Symposium. Sete Lagoas, Minas Gerais. 16
to 19 of August.
2006. Seminario Internacional Riego en Vides. Santiago - Chile. Octubre 24 al 26.
2006. Presentación Seminario Internacional en Manejo de Vides Viníferas. San Fernando.
2007. Profesor invitado curso magíster de Viticultura y Enología - Facultad de Ciencias
Agrarias – Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Mendoza. Argentina. 2 al 5 de enero 2007.
2007. 7to. Curso Internacional de Agricultura de Precisión y Primera Expo de Máquinas
Precisas. Manfredi, Córdoba, Argentina. 25 al 27 de Julio.
2007. Herramientas tecnológicas para mejorar la trazabilidad en frutales. II Congreso
Guayaquil, Ecuador. 9-13 Julio.
2008. 8to. Curso Internacional de Agricultura de Precisión y Segunda Expo de Máquinas
Precisas. Manfredi, Córdoba, Argentina. 14 al 16 de Octubre.
2008. Congresso Brasileiro de Agricultura de Precisão - - ConBAP. Departamento de
Engenharia Rural. Universidad de San Paulo. 4 e 6 de junio.
2009. 8th Fruit, nut and vegetable production engineering symposium. Frutic 09 Chile. 4
al 9 de enero.
2009. LandTechnik AgEng 2009 conference. Nov 6-7.
 Precision Agriculture Applied to Fruit trees and Vineyard, specifically in the
following subjects:
 Design of Geographic Information System as a tool of productive and economic
 Remote sensing applied to Agriculture.
 Use of nondestructive electronic sensors for monitoring quality characteristics of
export products.
Evaluation of new systems for plant water stress monitoring.
Geotrazability of export products (Fruit and wines).
Temporal and space analyses for productive variability.
Projects Associated to Productive zone of Vine and Fruit.
The development of the following projects is based on the direct interaction (technical and
financial) with fruit and wine companies looking for the introduction of modern technologies for
the productive handling and their economic management. These concepts are based on the use of
modern tools related to electronics, computer science, remote sensing, etc, associated to the
agronomic knowledge, to improve the opportunities of the Fruit and wine companies in the
international markets.
Development of a new methodology for site specific management of apples and peaches
orchards, using remote sensing and electronic sensors. Project INIA-FIA. (2004-2007). This
project is in direct association with two important fruit companies of Chile (Rosa Sofruco
and Del Curto with more than 2400 and 1000 has of fruit trees, respectively) which
participate actively as much in the development as in the research financing. Simultaneously,
this project is integrated with groups of interest (Farmers and Orchard’s Companies) as
technology transfer.
Application of analysis techniques of multiespectral images to optimize the harvest of better
quality grapes to increase the exported fine wine production. Project INIA Private
Companies (Santa Rita and Undurraga Wineries). (2002-in course). This project is developed
directly with financing of the wineries, in which we have developed advances in tranzability,
site specific management, integration of the company economic systems management and
productive system management in a one Geographic System Management as a tool to take
 Development of the specific site management in vineyards to improve the grape quality
vinification. Project INIA-FIA. (2001-2005). This project has the goal of evaluate and
develop different Precision viticulture tools.
Introduction of Precision Viticulture to improve the Itata Valley wines, VIII Region - FIA
INNOVA BIO BIO. (2004-2007). This project is developed with 5 medium and small size
wineries with the purpose of test the implementation viability of the precision agriculture
technology in this sector. This project is cofinanced from government and wineries.
Project " Clean technologies development for plagues control in the export avocados
production", FONDEF-INIA. (2004-2008). This project is managed in conjunction with
farmers and avocados gremial exporter association (PROPAL), and is focalized in the use of
precision agriculture tools for plagues detection to optimize (reduce) the pesticides
 "Evaluation of the research scheme developed by the Australian Viticulture (Interaction
Company - Government) with replication aims in Chile". Project INIA-FIA. This project
is focalized in increase the scientific entailment with Australian Research Institutes
related to Viticulture.
 Development of a predictive method of water stress using thermal remote sensing and its
relation to fruit load balance / canopy development to improve the quality of wine
production and export. INNOVA CHILE. PROJECT INIA – VIÑA SANTA RITA (20062009).
 Development of an Outreach and Training in Precision Agriculture, using Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve the competitiveness of regional
agriculture. INNOVA BIO BIO. DRAFT INIA - SNA-CODESSER-UdeC (2007-2008).
 Reduction Program Technology Gap presented by agricultural producers, their
consultants and national researchers in relation to the International Agricultural High
Technology. INNOVA CORFO (2008-2009).
 Technological Equipment Precision Agriculture Program-INIA for implementing sitespecific management techniques in various agricultural sectors of regional significance.
INNOVA CORFO. (2008-2011).
 Development and implementation of precision Olive innovation management and
commercial production companies producing olive oil for export. INNOVA CHILE.
INIA PROJECT - CHILE OLIVE - The Mount of Olives (2009-2012).
 Development and application of new technologies integrated into precision viticulture
(PV) for the efficient and systematic diagnosis of a "digital terroir" and its management in
terms of technical optimization, and cost of production. INNOVA CHILE. Project INIA wine companies (2010-2013).
 Intelligent sensing and manipulation for sustainable production and harvesting of highvalue crops - clever robots for crops. 7to Programa Marco de la Comunidad Económica
Europea (Wageningen University, University of Leuven, Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev, University of Ljubljana, Umeå University, Università degli Studi di Milano,
Instituto de Automática Industrial España, Technical University Munich, Case New
Holland Belgium N.V., INIA Quilamapu, Force-A – Francia, Komatsu Forest AB,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, JENTJENSMachinetechniek B.V.). (FW 7
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