AgroIntelliAGROINTELLI has been working with SoilCare study sites to test and demonstrate various soil-improving technologies.  Integrating these technologies into agricultural operations, especially through automation and the use of sensors, can improve both soil health and profitability.

 

   Site-specific rotovator control for Robotti  

App for route optimization and navigation 

 
 

Shallow depth controlled mouldboard ploughing

 

Robotti is AgroIntelli’s autonomous field-robot with a 3-point hitch that is capable of performing seeding, mechanical weeding, spraying, harrowing, and rotavating operations. Using a soil texture map, the Robotti can alter the speed on the PTO, increase/decrease Robotti’s speed, and raise and lower the rotovator based on actual field conditions, creating the ideal seedbed. The PTO speed and Robotti speed will help create right sized aggregates, while the depth will control how much residue is incorporated into the soil. The more residue, the deeper the rotavator will need to work to ensure that the residue is mixed with soil.

Soil-improving benefits

ROBOTTI typically weighs less than half of a similarly advanced tractor. The low weight reduces the risk of soil compaction and structural damage to the soil, which can result in higher crop yields per hectare. Tillage can damage the soil, breaking the soil into very small aggregates, increasing wind and water erosion. The site-specific rotovator control for Robotti can blend the soil based on the soil type, resulting in the same aggregate sizes over the entire field. The rotavator speed, the speed of the Robotti and the depth of the tillage can be adjusted.

Study sites involved in testing and validating

Results of testing

 

Route optimization

 

The app guides the farmer through the most optimal driving pattern in operations like e.g. mowing. Besides optimizing driving behaviour the app also gives the farmer a map of the actual performed driving intensity (number of times an area has been driven upon) which can be used to document the risk of soil compaction and where it could occur.

Soil-improving benefits

The route optimization app can mitigate soil compaction issues and minimise operational time and costs.

Study sites involved in testing and validating

Results of testing

 

 

AGROINTELLI has produced a report that illustrates the importance of using technology to assess field readiness, manage in-field traffic, implement site-specific controlled as well as sensor-controlled seedbed preparation, seeding and weeding. The use of this technology can result in reduced operational costs and minimise soil threats and negative environmental impacts.