Recent Topics
49 years ago today....
by pbm
07/20/18 01:24 PM
Why do we care so much about oil?
by camrydriver111
07/20/18 01:14 PM
Which one should I sell/keep?
by SevenBizzos
07/20/18 12:18 PM
What's Shakin' at Amazon Today?
by TheLawnRanger
07/20/18 11:43 AM
2018 Hyundai Accent
by zeke1985
07/20/18 11:15 AM
Fresh footage of my Corvette on-track
by dparm
07/20/18 09:41 AM
Hedge trimmer "resin solvent"
by Rand
07/20/18 09:21 AM
by Gito
07/20/18 09:00 AM
by KCJeep
07/20/18 08:49 AM
Sludged 2010 Cobalt 2.2 making noises
by jk_636
07/20/18 08:32 AM
Now oil pump while I have the pan off?
by callbay
07/20/18 07:19 AM
Anyone Remember DMSO Solvent ?
by LoneRanger
07/20/18 06:52 AM
aluminun bed in f150 pick um ups
by edwardh1
07/20/18 06:29 AM
Lawnmower 2cycle and 4cycle fuel
by Greaser73
07/20/18 04:00 AM
Rotella T6 5W40, 5000Mi, 1991 Ford 460 - RV
by MutantGarage
07/20/18 12:23 AM
2013 SUBARU Outback, M1EP 0w20, 14190mi, 74465 tot
by NO2
07/19/18 11:52 PM
91 Ford 460 - noisy lifters at Idle when hot
by MutantGarage
07/19/18 11:49 PM
Great deal on PP 5w30
by 60ampfuse
07/19/18 11:48 PM
Motorcraft, 5W-30, 2425 miles, 2018 3.5 F EcoBoost
by cdlamb
07/19/18 11:40 PM
Off-Road Trailer Tires
by troutfisher
07/19/18 09:55 PM
Newest Members
TA128, Elantra16, Peterbilt52, CarllT100, 99SK04GTX
65515 Registered Users
Who's Online
88 registered (adamrc, 69Torino, 2015_PSD, 14Accent, 4WD, 77GrandPrix, 10 invisible), 1691 Guests and 38 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
65515 Members
67 Forums
287355 Topics
4793986 Posts

Max Online: 3590 @ 01/24/17 08:07 PM
Donate to BITOG
Topic Options
#4668050 - 02/16/18 04:57 PM Autonomous Farm Tractors
SubLGT Offline

Registered: 01/31/06
Posts: 2647
Loc: Idaho
...New Holland Agriculture is partnering with E. & J. Gallo Winery, the largest family-owned winery in the world, in a pilot project testing its NHDrive autonomous technology applied to T4.110F vineyard tractors....the New Holland NHDrive autonomous tractor is an unmanned vehicle that is fully autonomous and can be monitored and controlled via a desktop computer or via a portable tablet interface...

...The NHDrive tractor follows optimized in-field paths, which are automatically generated by the software, after having taken into account the size and shape of the field, any pre-existing obstacles and the width of the implement to be used...

...With a combination of radar, LiDAR and RGB cameras, the NHDrive is able to detect a wide range of in-field obstacles. If an obstacle is detected, the tractor sends a message to the interactive interface and the person responsible for the farming operations will decide if and how the tractor can avoid or bypass the obstacle. It is possible that the cab will be completely removed in future autonomous tractors.....

A 100 years from now, will all large scale farming be 100% robotic? Will mico-robotic pollinating bees replace honey bees?

#4668062 - 02/16/18 05:10 PM Re: Autonomous Farm Tractors [Re: SubLGT]
97prizm Offline

Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 752
Loc: USA
This is already happening. I was in Walsh Colorado years ago talking with an agriculture sales person. Some tractors now follow gps and don't really need a person. We are getting there. Not sure about total autonomation.
If at first you don't succeed fail fail again. (Waldorf and Statler.)
1997 Geo Prizm
1984 Mazda RX-7 Spec 7

#4668101 - 02/16/18 06:10 PM Re: Autonomous Farm Tractors [Re: SubLGT]
PimTac Offline

Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4632
Loc: Soviet State of Washington
I watch shows from Japan that show automated harvesters, planters, and fertilizing by drone. The drones can also detect disease within certain areas of the field and treat just that area only. The drones also can detect growth patterns of whichever crop is planted.
2017 Mazda CX-5 Grand Touring

Valvoline Advanced Synthetic 0w20
Mobil 1 M108A EP filter

#4668116 - 02/16/18 06:27 PM Re: Autonomous Farm Tractors [Re: SubLGT]
Kruse Offline

Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 4308
Loc: Kansas
Autonomous farming, to some degree, has been in place for quite awhile. You now have a lot of your fertilizer, herbicide pesticide application all done by GPS so there are no skips or double application.
I'd say within 5 years, weed and bug control with be done with drones. (Anybody remember the movie "Runaway" with Tom Selleck?)
Think about it: A drone, with recognition software, can spray an individual bug or weed instead of spraying the whole field.
That way chemical application can be much less for cost saving and less runoff.

#4668120 - 02/16/18 06:34 PM Re: Autonomous Farm Tractors [Re: SubLGT]
tom slick Offline

Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 9308
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
Tractors using RTK are sub-inch accuracy. I built a machine with tractor and implement GPS guidance that means the tractor is exactly on line and the implement is making slight adjustments. GPS still requires a driver to make decisions but it controls the tractor accurately when engaged.
I spoke with one of the engineers for this sprayer last week.

There is some really neat technology in autonomous combine/grain carts. Pay attention to the tractor
You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.