Billingsley, John and Dunn, Mark and Bell, David (2006) Vision based macadamia yield assessment. Sensor Review, 26 (4). pp. 312-317. ISSN 0260-2288
Purpose – To describe the prototype macadamia nut yield monitor.
Design/methodology/approach – In this paper, the machine vision-based yield monitor for macadamia nut plantations is described. A summary of sensor fusion procedures is presented. Additionally, a summary of current testing progress is provided.
Findings – Using vision to count nuts has the potential to revolutionise yield monitoring for the macadamia industry. Additionally, using a vision sensor for in-field location can provide a low cost, highly accurate method of positioning. Tractor (and nut) location can be determined accurate to 12?mm.
Practical implications – This project has culminated in the creation of a working prototype harvester. A commercial unit is in the design stage for operation in 2007 harvest season.
Originality/value – This paper describes the solution to a particular problem in the macadamia industry, with potential use in wider fields.
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