A Case-Based Economic Assessment of Robotics Employment in Precision Arable Farming

Lampridi, Maria and Kateris, Dimitrios and Vasileiadis, Giorgos and Pearson, Simon and Sørensen, Claus and Balafoutis, Athanasios and Bochtis, Dionysis (2019) A Case-Based Economic Assessment of Robotics Employment in Precision Arable Farming. Agronomy, 9 (4). p. 175. ISSN 2073-4395

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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.

Keywords:feasibility study; autonomous systems; operations management; precision agriculture
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
H Engineering > H671 Robotics
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D400 Agriculture
Divisions:College of Science > National Centre for Food Manufacturing > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:35601
Deposited On:12 Apr 2019 08:27

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