This paper proposes and demonstrates a spatial optimiser that allocates areas of inefficient machine manoeuvring to field margins thus improving the use of available space and supporting map-based Controlled Traffic Farming. A prototype web service (GAOS) allows farmers to optimise tracks within their fields and explore planning alternatives prior to downloading the plans to their RTK GPS-guided steering system. GAOS retrieves accurate data on field geometry from a geo-database. Via a web interface, the farmer sets options regarding operation properties, potential locations for field margins and headlands, etc. Next, an optimisation script that employs an open source geospatial library (osgeo.ogr) is called. The objective function considers costs involved with un-cropped areas, turning at headlands and subsidies received for field margins. Optimisation results are stored in a database and are available for (1) viewing via the web interface, (2) downloading to the GPS-guided steering system and (3) communication to third parties.
|Title of host publication||The International Conference on Agricultural Engineering, Towards Environmental Technologies(AgEng2010), Clermont-Ferrand, France, 6 - 8 September, 2010|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Towards Environmental Technologies(AgEng2010), Clermont-Ferrand, France - |
Duration: 6 Sep 2010 → 8 Sep 2010
|Conference||Towards Environmental Technologies(AgEng2010), Clermont-Ferrand, France|
|Period||6/09/10 → 8/09/10|