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America’s Heartland

by   -   December 16, 2011

 

The concept of Integrated Pest Management has been around for several decades, and is just as useful in a robotic, no-till scenario as it is combined with conventional, traction-based agriculture, perhaps even more so. In a nutshell, it’s about the inclusion of biological controls in a mix of methods that can also include mechanical and chemical controls. The use of barn owls in this video is an excellent example.

by   -   December 9, 2011

 

They’re using radio-controlled aircraft rather than autonomous machines, but it’s still a big improvement over the time spent walking fields or the lack of detail that comes from only checking the edges of a field. I expect further improvements with the introduction of better sensors and on-board controllers.

 

Reposted from Lacy Ice + Heat via Cultibotics.



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