The successful development of a vision guidance system for agriculture

Billingsley, J. and Schoenfisch, M. (1997) The successful development of a vision guidance system for agriculture. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 16 (2). pp. 147-163. ISSN 0168-1699


In a project which has lasted 3 years, a vision guidance system has been developed to the stage where commercial viability is imminent. Six prototypes have been field tested by farmers and two more are on trial in the United States. There have been several changes of technology
but the fundamental principles have remained consistent. The system derives its guidance signal from a video camera image of the rows of a crop such as cotton. It is relatively insensitive to additional visual 'noise' from weeds, while tolerating the fading out of one or more rows
in a barren patch of the field. The software integrates data from several crop rows, and tests each row for image
quality. Colour components of the image signal can be selected to improve discrimination between crop and detritus. Experimental results are presented showing that the system is capable of maintaining an accuracy of 2cm. Some farmer responses from the extensive field trials are also included.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:47
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2013 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: vision guidance; tractor; row following; automation; cotton production
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080104 Computer Vision
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090609 Signal Processing
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/S0168-1699(96)00034-8

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