Title: Potential robotic weeder tested in rice

Abstract: The research was conducted to develop a robot that can navigate a paddy in between rows or hills which were transplanted by the machine transplanter with equal distance. An initial prototype robotic battery-type weeder was manufactured and tested to navigate and control weeds in rice paddy fields, but a speed was so slow, and thus second engine-type prototype was developed. A working acreage for weed control has been attained at and up to 0.8 ha/day. Small and young weed seedlings were uprooted and destroyed by passive devices in between rows as well as hills. This robot was smoothly navigated in between rows on behalf of the guidance under camera and sensor systems and control weeds with mechanical by the use of implements such as passive rotary weeders and then weeds would be cut and buried into the soils. Also muddy water was generated during operation which was none penetrated by light for weed germination to occur. The authors concluded that the robotic was an effective alternative implement to control weeds in lowland rice paddy as long as this tool was systematically introduced into the rice fields at three time intervals, viz. 15-20 days, 25-30days, and 35-40 days after transplanting of rice seedlings. [Kwang Ho Park, Soo Hyun Kim, Young Kuk Kim, Han Jong Joo, Yoon Shik Hong, Jee Hyong Kim & Keun Mo Koo (2014). A Potential Weed Control-Using Robotic Implement. Journal of Life Sciences, 8(5), 473-480] Comment

Keywords : Rice, transplanting, weed control, robotic weeder.

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Article: WeedsNews5075 (permalink)
Categories: :WeedsNews:research alert, :WeedsNews:robotics, :WeedsNews:rice
Date: August 12, 2014; 11:24:12 PM EST
Author Name: David Low
Author ID: admin