A case-based economic assessment of robotics employment in precision arable farming

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  • Maria G. Lampridi, Technology Park of Thessaly, Aristotle University
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  • Dimitrios Kateris, Technology Park of Thessaly
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  • Giorgos Vasileiadis, Technology Park of Thessaly, Aristotle University
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  • Vasso Marinoudi, Engineers for Business A/S (EfB), Lincoln University
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  • Simon Pearson, Lincoln University
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  • Claus G. Sørensen
  • Athanasios Balafoutis, Technology Park of Thessaly
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  • Dionysis Bochtis

The need to intensify agriculture to meet increasing nutritional needs, in combination with the evolution of unmanned autonomous systems has led to the development of a series of “smart” farming technologies that are expected to replace or complement conventional machinery and human labor. This paper proposes a preliminary methodology for the economic analysis of the employment of robotic systems in arable farming. This methodology is based on the basic processes for estimating the use cost for agricultural machinery. However, for the case of robotic systems, no average norms for the majority of the operational parameters are available. Here, we propose a novel estimation process for these parameters in the case of robotic systems. As a case study, the operation of light cultivation has been selected due the technological readiness for this type of operation.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer175
TidsskriftAgronomy
Vol/bind9
Nummer4
ISSN2073-4395
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StatusUdgivet - 2019

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