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Agricultural Automation

Fundamentals and Practices

Edited by Qin Zhang, Francis J. Pierce

CRC Press – 2013 – 411 pages

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Description

Agricultural automation is the core technology for computer-aided agricultural production management and implementation. An integration of equipment, infotronics, and precision farming technologies, it creates viable solutions for challenges facing the food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of the human race now and into the future. Agricultural Automation: Fundamentals and Practices provides a comprehensive introduction of automation technologies for agriculture.

From basics to applications, topics in this volume include:

  • Agricultural vehicle robots and infotronic systems
  • Precision agriculture, with its focus on efficiency and efficacy of agricultural inputs and the spatial and temporal management of agricultural systems
  • Specific agricultural production systems, including those related to field crops, cotton, orchards and vineyards, and animal housing and production
  • Automation relative to specific inputs in agricultural production systems, such as nutrition management and automation, automation of pesticide application systems, and automated irrigation management with soil and canopy sensing
  • Liability issues with regard to surrounding awareness and worksite management
  • Postharvest automation—perhaps the most advanced component of agricultural production in terms of automation and an important factor in global agriculture

Agricultural mechanization, one of the top ranked engineering accomplishments in the past century, has created revolutionary change in crop production technology and made it possible to harvest sufficient products tomeet the population’s continuously growing needs. Continued progress is essential to the future of agriculture. This book provides an up-to-date overview of the current state of automated agriculture and important insight into its upcoming challenges.

Contents

Agricultural Automation: An Introduction; John K. Schueller

Fundamentals

Agricultural Vehicle Robot; Noboru Noguchi

Agricultural Infotronic Systems; Qin Zhang, Yongni Shao, and Francis J. Pierce

Precision Agricultural Systems; Chenghai Yang and Won Suk Lee

Practices

Field Crop Production Automation; Scott A. Shearer and Santosh K. Pitla

Mechanization, Sensing, and Control in Cotton Production; Ruixiu Sui and J. Alex Thomasson

Orchard and Vineyard Production Automation; Thomas Burks, Duke Bulanon, Kyu Suk You, Zhijiang Ni, and

Anirudh Sundararajan

Automation in Animal Housing and Production; J. L. Purswell and R. S. Gates

Nutrition Management and Automation; Yong He, Fei Liu, and Di Wu

Automation of Pesticide Application Systems; Manoj Karkee, Brian Steward, and John Kruckeberg

Automated Irrigation Management with Soil and Canopy Sensing; Dong Wang, Susan A. O’Shaughnessy, and Bradley King

Surrounding Awareness for Automated Agricultural Production; Francisco Rovira-Más

Worksite Management for Precision Agricultural Production; Ning Wang

Postharvest Automation; Naoshi Kondo and Shuso Kawamura

Index

Author Bio

Dr. Qin Zhang is the director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and a professor of agricultural automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural automation, intelligent agricultural machinery, and agricultural infotronics.

Dr. Francis J. Pierce is a professor emeritus in the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. He is currently a principal in AgInfomatics, LLC, providing consulting services in agriculture, soil and water conservation, and agriculture technology with a focus on precision agriculture and evaluation of research and outreach projects.

Related Subjects

  1. Agriculture
  2. Soil Science

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Description: Edited by Qin Zhang, Francis J. Pierce. Agricultural automation is the core technology for computer-aided agricultural production management and implementation. An integration of equipment, infotronics, and precision farming technologies, it creates viable solutions for challenges facing the...
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