Automation in Agriculture

Discussion in 'Farm Technology' started by ZetorMan98, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. ZetorMan98

    ZetorMan98 Well-Known Member

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    Well lads, I haven’t been posting much on here recently just down to the fact there’s very little going on at home, but hopefully I’ll get back into it now shortly. I changed jobs this summer and spent it working in probably one of the biggest engineering outfits in Galway. I got to see a huge variety of work and worked on everything from sewing machine parts to wind turbine parts, an oil tanker in the docks to 16,000,000 litre fuel tanks but I’m afraid no photos as a phone was a big no-no on most of them jobs.:oops2:

    Anyway, I’m back to college in Sligo for another year, and this year we have a project to do. :weld:
    The brief is very open; we have to find a problem in an industry that could be solved using automation technology/robotics, and try and build something to solve this. Time however is limited so I won’t be building a new robotic milker or feeder :tt2:
    So this is where I’m hoping ye great bunch might be able help me out a bit. I’m hoping to base mine in agriculture somewhere. Is there any problems that farmers (be it beef, dairy, tillage or otherwise) come across in daily life or even seasonal work that might be helped or made easier using automation or robotics?
    Just to give an example, one of last years projects involved linking soil tests to a gps so that the spreader would open and close on the fly depending on the fertility of the soil it’s spreading on.
    As some of ye know, there has been no stock in our home place for the last 15 years and while I’d be helping neighbours again, I’m sure there’s a lot of the ins and outs that I haven’t seen.
    So any input would be greatly appreciated. Cheers in advance
     
  2. scoffcruddle

    scoffcruddle Well-Known Member

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    3rd party auto steer?

    Drain finder/location app?

    3rd party iso cattle tag reader linked to shedding gate?

    A few things I’d like.
     
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    kverneland es 80 Well-Known Member

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    c and f tooling?
     
  4. Ozzy Scott

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    Crow scarer using lasers. Activated when the buggers appear in a yard. Meant to try do something myself, but obviously never happened
     
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  5. scoffcruddle

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    I’ve been thinking about this,thought of using a pedestal fan with something mounted on.

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    Streamers,cannon from a bird scarier,water jets etc..

    Bought a laser pen off eBay and it didn’t work.
     
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    Watched some of his videos there now pretty cool stuff and only cost a few hundred bucks, self driving rolling tractor while u seed on another tractor looks a good college project.
     
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    Even Better........... in 10years time I think this will be common place.

    https://forums.fast.ai/t/grassland-weed-detector/7635

    Unfortunately I cant program, even though I was v good at Matlab 15years ago. If anyone knows where I could start with Python feel free to give me some directions
     
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    Might be a bit more than a college project but a bale collector maybe even for small bales to start. A gps on Baler logs where each bale is. A robot travels to and loads each bale individually and brings it to a central location returning for the next.
     
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    how about something to go on combi baler that spray a repellent on wrapped bale that would keep crows away from wrapped bale in field
     
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    thats a great idea i wonder what crows dont like that wont damage the plastic
     
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  12. ZetorMan98

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    Cheers lads for all the suggestions so far
    The tag reader that’s sticking out to me the most of them ideas. I assume a shedding gate is some form of gate for organising stock going into a shed or similar? If it worked properly I’m sure it could be incorporated into something along the lines of batch feeders or creep feeders too with specific feed amounts for each animal or something to that effect? And possibly even into robot milkers too in time.

    Pat Rynn Engineering actually. A good mix of manufacturing/fabricating new stuff and repairs too.

    You’d be on about laser beams over the yard that when broken, set off a banger or something to that effect, or actually using lasers as a deterrent?

    It would be a very interesting project and very useful if it could be adapted to fit any tractor but given the timescale it could be a bit out of reach

    The weed detector/spot sprayer would be another good idea and was actually mentioned to us as a potential project idea as it would hit environmental protection grounds as well as farming as an industry, saving from unnecessary spreading of chemicals and the cost of doing this.

    It would be a big undertaking for sure but even if it was only to develop something that gps logs the bales as they’re dropped, it could be further developed in time. I think the small square bales would be harder done than rounds as it’s easier put a door sensor on a round baler than it would be to track exactly where a small square dropped I’d imagine.

    I’d imagine it’d be a very handy bit of kit but I wouldn’t see there being enough automation in it to satisfy them. You’d potentially put a set of nozzles on beside the film dispensers and a little electric pump and just have it spray when the wrapping ring/satellite arms starts turning

    Cheers to everyone for the input so far. It’s amazing to see what problems pop up in the daily life on a farm that would only require a small bit of technology and would make life a lot simpler
     
  13. Ozzy Scott

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    Something to detect when the crows arrive and using the lasers as a deterrent. I taught lasers works but @scoffcruddle says otherwise
     
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    Watched loads of videos and lasers seem to work,I’ve tried with my laser level and the eBay laser pen,maybe it’s the wrong type of laser?
     
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    You want to use the laser to trip a banger or something to go off you mean? You need a reflective laser like a photocell with a relay to trip and trigger the deterrent to go off.
     
  16. scoffcruddle

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    @ZetorMan98 shedding/drafting gate.

    https://www.licautomation.com/products/drafting/

    I already have a gate but it used collars on the cows,unreliable collar reading means I only use it manually now,readers for iso cattle ear tags exist just they’re expensive,they shouldn’t be as pets use the same chips,it’s the software and hardware for reading that’s the money.
     
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  17. scoffcruddle

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    No laser shining at the birds.

     
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    Ah ok I have you now. I was misreading your and ozzys points.
     
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    For dairy cattle RFID tags which would contain thier number info on the cow, log them in and out of the milking parlour, calculate how much milk they produced linked to an app or computer program.

    Drones are quite cheap now something with them maybe, like logging the number and position of bales in a feild or counting the number of sheep? Could use the drones camera and then some kind of app linked to gps and for livestock tag numbers or QR codes or something like that. Drone cameras have come a long ways and can pick out really small details at quite a distance these days.
     

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