-) I am a self-taught, with help of my friend Dr Google, I have researched many thousands of hours on agriculture, renewable energies, entrepreneurship, technology 4.0, etc, etc, etc.
-) Farming Robots is a task too complex, so we will have to start from an agricultural production system that facilitates the robotic component.
-) Very High Density and Vertical/Trellising Growth will facilitate the Automation and implementation of Picking and Prunning Robots in small-scale agriculture. In this case it is the cultivation of hokkaido or butternut squash.
-) Generally, automatic watering uses timers, but we will use arduino to control automatic irrigation with soil moisture sensor and electroconductivity sensor.
This way we can save water and fertilizers!
But, why trellising hokkaido crop???
- With this production system the fruits are all located in the same plane;
- So we will use a 2.5 D Vision System, ie a 2D camera in conjunction with an ultrasonic distance sensor;
With vertical growth the stem always faces up!
So no choice is needed, and this greatly simplifies the robotic component!