Controlled traffic farming in precision agriculture

Antille, Diogenes L. and Chamen, Tim and Tullberg, Jeff N. and Isbister, Bindi and Jensen, Troy A. and Chen, Guangnan and Baillie, Craig P. and Schueller, John K. (2018) Controlled traffic farming in precision agriculture. In: Precision agriculture for sustainability. Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 239-270. ISBN 978-1-78676-204-7

Abstract

In the past few decades, there has been a continuous drive towards the development and adoption of larger, and more powerful, agricultural machinery (Kutzbach, 2000; Jorgensen, 2012). Larger machinery is often related with timeliness, higher work rates and lower labour requirements, which has led to significant improvements both in efficiency and productivity (Vermeulen et al., 2010). A drawback of this trend has been the associated increase in machinery weight, which has, to some extent, offset advances made by the industry in developing improved running gear, such as in tyre (e.g. radial ply tyres) and track technology (e.g. rubber belts) to reduce contact pressures (Ansorge and Godwin, 2008; Antille et al., 2013; Misiewicz et al., 2015). The progressive increase in axle loads, as observed for example with harvesting equipment (e.g. Ansorge and Godwin, 2007; Bennett et al., 2015), means that soil stresses have also continued to increase, extending deeper into the subsoil (e.g. ≥0.3 MPa at 400 mm deep) and exceeding historic values, such as those resulting from in-furrow ploughing (Koolen et al., 1992; Chamen, 2015).


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited, 2019. All rights reserved.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Agricultural Engineering (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Agricultural Engineering (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 05:36
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: traffic compaction; soil; crop productivity
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 82 Plant Production and Plant Primary Products > 8205 Winter Grains and Oilseeds > 820507 Wheat
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.19103/AS.2017.0032.11
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35268

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