Agricultural automation is the core technology for computer-aided agricultural production management and implementation. An integration of equipment, infotronics, and precision farming technologies, it creates viable solutions for challenges facing the food, fiber, feed, and fuel needs of the human race now and into the future. Agricultural Automation: Fundamentals and Practices provides a comprehensive introduction of automation technologies for agriculture.
From basics to applications, topics in this volume include:
Agricultural mechanization, one of the top ranked engineering accomplishments in the past century, has created revolutionary change in crop production technology and made it possible to harvest sufficient products to meet the population’s continuously growing needs. Continued progress is essential to the future of agriculture. This book provides an up-to-date overview of the current state of automated agriculture and important insight into its upcoming challenges.
Table of Contents
Agricultural Automation: An Introduction; John K. Schueller
Agricultural Vehicle Robot; Noboru Noguchi
Agricultural Infotronic Systems; Qin Zhang, Yongni Shao, and Francis J. Pierce
Precision Agricultural Systems; Chenghai Yang and Won Suk Lee
Field Crop Production Automation; Scott A. Shearer and Santosh K. Pitla
Mechanization, Sensing, and Control in Cotton Production; Ruixiu Sui and J. Alex Thomasson
Orchard and Vineyard Production Automation; Thomas Burks, Duke Bulanon, Kyu Suk You, Zhijiang Ni, and
Automation in Animal Housing and Production; J. L. Purswell and R. S. Gates
Nutrition Management and Automation; Yong He, Fei Liu, and Di Wu
Automation of Pesticide Application Systems; Manoj Karkee, Brian Steward, and John Kruckeberg
Automated Irrigation Management with Soil and Canopy Sensing; Dong Wang, Susan A. O’Shaughnessy, and Bradley King
Surrounding Awareness for Automated Agricultural Production; Francisco Rovira-Más
Worksite Management for Precision Agricultural Production; Ning Wang
Postharvest Automation; Naoshi Kondo and Shuso Kawamura
Dr. Qin Zhang is the director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and a professor of agricultural automation in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. His research interests are in the areas of agricultural automation, intelligent agricultural machinery, and agricultural infotronics.
Dr. Francis J. Pierce is a professor emeritus in the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and Biological Systems Engineering at Washington State University. He is currently a principal in AgInfomatics, LLC, providing consulting services in agriculture, soil and water conservation, and agriculture technology with a focus on precision agriculture and evaluation of research and outreach projects.