International Sugar Journal

Automating harvester and haul-out forward progression during harvest using RTK-GPS† [Full subscriber]

This paper highlights a proposed relative position monitoring system using GPS-based technology during crop harvesting in the australian sugarcane industry. It describes the application of Precision agriculture (Pa) techniques to synchronise the operation of harvester and haul-out transport vehicles. The overall aim of this project is to reduce operator demands during in-field harvesting of sugarcane whilst maximising crop yield through automation. There are two stages of the project to achieve this. The final stage is the automation of harvester forward speed to maintain a constant throughput of sugarcane at an optimal rate. Providing this real-time assistance to harvester operators will…

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