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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Rusch, Peter C
Email peter.ruesch@gmx.de
URN etd-01072004-153302
Document Title Precision farming in South Africa
Degree MEng (Agricultural)
Department Agricultural Engineering
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Prof HLM du Plessis, Pr Eng
Keywords
  • Precision Farming
  • efficient production
  • varying yeilds
Date 2001-07-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Precision Farming is by far the most exciting new agricultural technology developed during the past decade, and although technology transfer is especially difficult in agriculture for a number of reasons, this technology has survived its initial stages of implementation. Historically field boundaries were often along natural soil boundaries, leading to small fields, which were treated homogenously. As agricultural machinery was developed and grew ever larger, fields were often combined to allow for more efficient cultivation. As result, fields with varying properties were created resulting in inefficiencies. Precision Farming was developed to overcome this problem. In this paper some results of initial research undertaken in South Africa under a variety of circumstances will be shown.
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