Video camera based precision guidance: Development and applications to field crops

An account of the development and use of camera-guided cultivation and pesticide application equipment designed to reduce dependence on pesticides.

Year of Publication2006

Economic and environmental pressures are forcing farmers to consider how technology can help them to reduce their inputs, particularly agrochemicals. Recent research in computer vision, coupled with the availability of low cost computers and digital video cameras has made it possible to accurately locate crop rows with robust affordable equipment. This technology is now being marketed by Garford Farm Machinery under the name Robocrop for the purpose of guiding inter-row cultivators, thereby reducing dependence on herbicides. As research and commercial developments are continuing we can expect the scope of applications and technical capability to grow in coming years. Precision targeting of agrochemicals is a likely growth area.

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inter row cultivationrobocropvision guided machinery
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