Robotic Seeding: Economic Perspectives

S.M. Pedersen, Spyros Fountas, C.G. Sørensen, F.K. van Evert, B.S. Blackmore

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Agricultural robotics has received attention for approximately 20 years, but today there are only a few examples of the application of robots in agricultural practice. The lack of uptake may be (at least partly) because in many cases there is either no compelling economic benefit, or there is a benefit but it is not recognized. The aim of this chapter is to quantify the economic benefits from the application of agricultural robots under a specific condition where such a benefit is assumed to exist, namely the case of early seeding and re-seeding in sugar beet. With some predefined assumptions with regard to speed, capacity and seed mapping, we found that among these two technical systems both early seeding with a small robot and re-seeding using a robot for a smaller part of the field appear to be financially viable solutions in sugar beet production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision Agriculture: Technology and Economic Perspectives
EditorsS.M. Pedersen, K.M. Lind
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9783319687155
ISBN (Print)9783319687131
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameProgress in Precision Agriculture


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