Automation: The Future of Weed Control in Cropping Systems, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 9400775121
  • ISBN-13: 9789400775121
  • DDC: 632.5
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 265 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Technology is rapidly advancing in all areas of society, including agriculture. In both conventional and organic systems, there is a need to apply technology beyond our current approach to improve the efficiency and economics of management. Weeds, in particular, have been part of cropping systems for centuries often being ranked as the number one production cost. Now, public demand for a sustainably grown product has created economic incentives for producers to improve their practices, yet the development of advanced weed control tools beyond biotech has lagged behind. An opportunity has been created for engineers and weed scientists to pool their knowledge and work together to 'fill the gap' in managing weeds in crops. Never before has there been such pressure to produce more with less in order to sustain our economies and environments. This book is the first to provide a radically new approach to weed management that could change cropping systems both now and in the future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction: Scope of the Problem—Rising Costs and Demand for Environmental Safety for Weed Control.
2: Agricultural Production Systems.
3: Current State of Weed Management in Organic and Conventional Cropping Systems.
4: Principles and Merging of Engineering and Weed Science.
5: Engineering Advancements.
6: Plant Morphology and the Critical Period of Weed Control.
7: The Biological Engineer: Sensing the Difference between Crops and Weeds.
8: Primary Weed Control Tools for Automation.
9: Precision Planting and Crop Thinning.
10: Automated Mechanical Weeding.
11: Targeted and Microdose Chemical Applications.
12: Field Applications.
13: Field Applications of Automated Weed Control: Western Hemisphere.
14: Field Applications of Automated Weed Control: Northwest Europe.
15: Field Applications of Automated Weed Control: Asia.
16: Economies for Automated Weed Control.
17: Economics of Technology for Precision Weed Control in Conventional and Organic Systems.
18: Future Adoption of Automation in Weed Control.
19: Automation for Weed Control in Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
20: Future Directions.
21: Future Directions for Automated Weed Management in Precision Agriculture.