About the Book
"Agriculture is a big business. Today, it is highly driven by technologies and tools like satellite imageries, aerial imageries, GIS, GNSS/GPS, automated sensors, high tech machineries. The latest buzzwords for the sector are drones and robots. High accuracy GPS- or GNSS– based fully autonomous or robotic field machines have begun to be employed in small-scale, high profit-margin agriculture. Developed agriculture needs to find new ways to improve efficiency. One approach is to utilize available information technologies in the form of more intelligent machines to reduce and target energy inputs in more effective ways than in the past. Precision Farming has shown benefits of this approach but we can now move towards a new generation of equipment. The advent of autonomous system architectures gives us the opportunity to develop a complete new range of agricultural equipment based on small smart machines that can do the right thing, in the right place, at the right time in the right way. Agriculture has come a long way in the past century. We produce more food than ever before — but our current model is unsustainable, and as the world’s population rapidly approaches the 8 billion mark, modern food production methods will need a radical transformation if they’re going to keep up. But luckily, there’s a range of new technologies that might make it possible. In this work, we’ll explore some of the innovative new solutions that farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs are working on to make sure that nobody goes hungry in our increasingly crowded world.
Two-Volume ‘Brig’s Handbook of Push Button Agriculture: Robotics, Drones, Satellite-Guided Soil and Crop Management’ discusses the major technological development lines, the support potential of their integration, organizational requirements for the utilization of the potential and possible consequences for the future organization of the agri-food sector. New agricultural technologies and techniques, GIS, GNSS/GPS, automated sensors, high tech machineries, drones and robots, have staved off the food crisis. Though once humans had to plant seeds haphazardly by hand, seed drills enabled farmers to sow them in long, uniform lines. With steam-powered tractors, farmers could plow wide swaths of land, without the need for sluggish oxen. Threshing machines cut down the many hours devoted to threshing by hand. With the world population climbing to ever more staggering heights, and with economic growth allowing for greater consumption, the world may need another agricultural revolution to sustain itself. In agriculture and forestry, robotics has made a substantial impact. Farmers are conscious of their need for automatic vehicle guidance to minimize damage to the growing zone of their soil. Automatic sensing, handling, and processing of produce are now commonplace, while there is substantial instrumentation and mechanization of livestock procedures. In forestry, legged harvesters have not yet seen great success in their application, but the automation of trimming and forwarding with simultaneous localization and mapping techniques will change the industry in the future. This handbook is a valuable addition to the existing knowledge and is especially intended for university students and all professionals in the field of agriculture."