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Australian Researchers Develop Robots to Improve Agriculture
7/16/2013

A robot developed by the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics cruises between crops.(Source: University of Sydney)
A robot developed by the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics cruises between crops.
(Source: University of Sydney)

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Debera Harward
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Re: Robots in the field
Debera Harward   7/16/2013 3:35:15 PM
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Thanks Elizebeth for such an interesting post , Currently a number of researches are in process regarding the application of Robots in agriculture industry as this is the only industry in which robotic application is lacking . I guess in developing countries like India and Brazil even farmers are interested in using agricultural robots for fruit picking , animal maintanance and etc. Agricultural robots can be used in weed control, spraying of pesticides,picking of fruits/vegetables , monitoring the farm and so on .

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apresher   7/16/2013 2:36:28 PM
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Interesting article but the current scope of applications seems limited.  The next phase with robots doing increasingly complex jobs such as watering and harvesting seems like a major step forward.

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Re: Fewer people on the farm
Cadman-LT   7/16/2013 12:02:12 PM
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naperlou, I don't discount your numbers as %5 to 1%. I only wonder did that equate to the same percent of yeild? just wondering did we lose %4 yeild? or did we just get more efficient?

Cadman-LT
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Great Article
Cadman-LT   7/16/2013 11:54:45 AM
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Elizabeth, great article. Anything that is improving or aiding in more output for farmers is not only good, but necessary I think. With the growing population...we need to somehow someway produce more food. Every step towards that is a good one!

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Robots in the field
taimoortariq   7/16/2013 11:05:44 AM
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Thanks, Elizabeth for sharing such an interesting article. It is good to see the research that is directly targeting the need of the farmers and helping the agriculture industry as a whole. But I hope they are also making an effort to make the robots robust and resilient for harsh conditions as well, like under the rain storm and windy conditions, since they aim to monitor the farm. It is always satisfactory to add such a safety factor in the technology.

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Fewer people on the farm
naperlou   7/16/2013 10:47:10 AM
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Agriculture really has several different sectors.  Grain farming is very automated.  It takes very few people to do that type of farming.  Overall, in the US, only 1% of the population is involved in agriculture.  This does not include food processing.  The number only ten years ago was 5%.  Tractors and combines dive themselves.  Combines have real time yield meters so that a field can be completely characterized during harvest and next year's planting planned. 

 

It is in the fruit an vegetable farming area that the problem lies.  This is a much different type of agriculture.  Seeing some of the robotics techniques being applied to this area gives me some expectation that a similar level of automation will come to this area as well.

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