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EU’s FutureFarm on Year Two of Wired EuroFarming

3 Billion dollars worth of software management is going into the EU FutureFarm project. Here’s the scoop on this standardized farm management information system:

This short film, first presented at Agritechnica 2009, shows the concept developed within the EU FP7 project “FutureFarm” for a service-oriented architecture for delivering knowledge about farm management and crop production rules, regulations, laws and standards in a machine-readable form.
Using this system, farmers’ software may automatically check planned operations for compliance to any standards.

Here’s a flyer with more info

The EU's Future Farm Project
The EU's Future Farm Project


Bolivian Students Prototype Agribot


Students in Bolivia prototyped a robot they designed to help indigenous farmers moderate their soil chemicals. Reports the University of New Mexico:

Sergio ValencÍa Cordova, Rodrigo López and Sergio Saavedra from the Universidad Privada Boliviana presented their automated agricultural robot as part of the student competition at the Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) conference taking place on campus this week.

The robot is a prototype that could be used to plot map points on a field, and drill into soft soil to examine what nutrients need to be added for efficient agriculture. The students say the government could buy the robots for villages around the country and local farmers could borrow the robots to tell them exactly how much nitrogen or potassium should be added to support a particular crop.

Sorry for the tiny photo.

Autonomous Agriculture Robots via Fuji

Autonomous Agriculture Robot

In the field of giant autonomous robotics designed for agriculture, we have

Robots now enter the agriculture industry, too. First the award-winning rice-transplanting robot, now this: Major Japanese conglomerate Fuji Heavy Industries has developed an agricultural robot that can tend fields autonomously.

The company says the robot is the first of its kind. It runs on gas and is 2m long, 60cm wide and 1m high. It emits and receives laser signals to orient itself, gauging the distance to special reflective plates (which are placed at regular intervals of about 10 meters).

Fuji Heavy says the robot can grow fruit and vegetables independently, and it can even be used inside greenhouses. The company plans to start selling the machine next fiscal year for around $100,000.
Via Crunchgear.com

Robots in the Garden


Welcome to the first in a series of posts regarding existing research in garden robotics. This section of the blog will be used to highlight and synopsize relevant research and projects. Most of which will not feature very pretty ladies from the past and their robot friends.