Requirements and challenges
Mechanical weeding in vineyards with a tractor driver is not economically attractive (€800 per ha; 5-7 passes per year). Moreover, around seven different implements are used to achieve complete crop management: 3 tools for inter-row and 4 tools for intra-row, with 3 experienced drivers to handle the tractor/implement operation for an area of 40 ha.
The goal is to deploy and test the Ceol robot, since it is currently used for 3 passes per season and €250 per ha in Loire Valley. In this pilot, Robs4Crops will use all possible implement configurations on the Ceol robot, in order to reduce chemicals used and labor costs and to evaluate the modularity of the platform on different implements and working scenarios
Technology: Ceol robot, Different implements
Partners: Terrena, Agreenculture, Agricultural University of Athens, Fundacio Eurecat, University of Copenhagen
Via trials in four countries – the Netherlands, France, Spain and Greece — Robs4Cros hopes to create a robotic farming solution consisting of three elements: smart implements, autonomous vehicles, and the farming controller.
High precision inter and intra row weeding of vegetables using the Ceol robot and several different mechanical weeding implements attached.
Direct comparison of both retrofit tractor and Ceol robot, under the same scenarios.
Addressing the labour challenge of the apple sector by automating the complex task of orchard spraying.