Non-tillage-based weed control methods on lightweight field robots
This project aims to develop the required equipment and processes to implement non-tillage-based weed control on lightweight field robots and promote it (open source) with support and funding of the AGCO Agriculture Foundation (AAF).
- Lead school School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
- Institute Agriculture
- Research unit Plant Production and Biodiversity
- Funding organisation Others
- Duration (planned) 01.10.2022 - 30.06.2024
- Project management Martin Bauer
- Head of project Martin Bauer
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Streit
AGCO Agriculture Foundation
Swiss Future Farm
- Keywords non-tillage, weed control, field robot, non-chemical
Most of the currently applied alternatives to chemical crop protection are based on tillage. There are limits to the application of such weed control techniques, as soil movement cannot be made in the often-wet soils. Weed control systems without direct ground contact would help to increase efficiency. In addition, small and lightweight semi-autonomous field robots can potentially contribute to a significant increase in efficiency in crop production by working with these devices in 24/7 operation. Supporting farmers to boost farm productivity becomes more important as changing climatic conditions have intensified the problems posed by weeds and continue to affect global food production. In addition, farm solutions like small and lightweight semi-autonomous field robots can potentially contribute to a significant increase in crop production efficiency while reducing soil pressure impact.
Course of action
The project will focus on non-contact weed control methods in combination with small robots to help increase the sustainability of crop production, prevent soil compaction, and minimize weed emergence. The project work will be completed within the framework of University students' engagement to complete master's and bachelor's theses on the project's focus and other related sustainability issues. Emerging knowledge findings and innovations from the project will be transferred to farmers and key stakeholders to enhance sustainable crop production and on-farm operation efficiency.