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    Author(s) : Hakojärvi, M.Hautala, M.Ahokas, J.Oksanen, T.Maksimow, T.Aspiala, A.Visala, A.

    Author Affiliation : Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

    Journal article : Agronomy Research 2010 Vol.8 No.1 pp.797-806 ref.12

    Abstract : During the last few decades technology used in crop productioncrop productionSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    has developed noticeably. The work of farmers has decreased and continues decreasing by means of technology and automationautomationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    . The aim of this research project was to find out requirements for methods and automated machines needed in automated crop production. Agricultural machines capable of utilizing variable rate application (VRA) technology enable considering spatial variability in agricultural fields during different field operations. Agricultural field robotsrobotsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    are the next step in technology, capable of utilizing sensor and actuating technologies, without human driven tractors. However, agricultural field robots are still under research, and commercial products do not exist. The next generation of crop farming, in the vision of authors, is based on automatic crop farming, which incorporates stationary and moving sensorssensorsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    systems, robots, model based decision makingdecision makingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , automated operation planning which are adapting to spatial variability according to the measurements as well as to weatherweatherSubject Category: Climate Related
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    conditions. This article presents a top-down approach of automated crop farming using simulation, trying to cover the most important pieces on a fully automatic farm and the environment is modelled. The developed simulation environment is presented as well as preliminary simulation results. The environment simulator is based on a collection of models, including models for crop and weed growth, soil water flow and generators for spatial variationspatial variationSubject Category: Properties
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    and statistically varying weather.

    ISSN : 1406-894X

    Record Number : 20113031261

    Publisher : Estonian Research Institute of Agriculture

    Location of publication : Saku

    Country of publication : Estonia

    Language of text : English

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    Organism descriptor(s) : plantsplantsSubject Category: Organism Names
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    Descriptor(s) : automationautomationSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , crop productioncrop productionSubject Category: Disciplines, Occupations and Industries
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    , decision makingdecision makingSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , equipmentequipmentSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , growth modelsgrowth modelsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , rainrainSubject Category: Climate Related
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    , robotsrobotsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , sensorssensorsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , simulation modelssimulation modelsSubject Category: Techniques, Methodologies and Equipment
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    , soil water movementsoil water movementSubject Category: Miscellaneous
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    , spatial variationspatial variationSubject Category: Properties
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    , weatherweatherSubject Category: Climate Related
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    , weedsweedsSubject Category: Organism Groups
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    Identifier(s) : choice, rainfall

    Broader term(s) : eukaryoteseukaryotesSubject Category: Organism Names
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