Next Article in Journal
Harvester Evaluation Using Real-Time Kinematic GNSS and Hiring Service Model
Previous Article in Journal
Cotton Emergence and Yield Response to Planter Depth and Downforce Settings in Different Soil Moisture Conditions
Previous Article in Special Issue
CHAP: Cotton-Harvesting Autonomous Platform
Commentary

Opportunities for Robotic Systems and Automation in Cotton Production

1
Cotton Incorporated, 6399 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513, USA
2
Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
3
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
4
Department of Entomology, CAES Campus, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA 31793, USA
5
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, CAES Campus, University of Georgia, Tifton, GA 31793, USA
6
Department of Agricultural Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
7
Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Mississippi State, MS 39762, USA
8
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
9
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843, USA
10
WTES Center for Agricultural Research, Department of Plant Sciences, The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, Jackson, TN 38301, USA
11
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
12
Crop and Soil Science Department, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro P.O. Box 3001, Tanzania
13
Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit, Agricultural Research Services, United States Department of Agriculture, Lubbock, TX 79403, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Jacek Koziel
AgriEngineering 2021, 3(2), 339-362; https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering3020023
Received: 12 April 2021 / Revised: 18 May 2021 / Accepted: 25 May 2021 / Published: 28 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers in Cotton Automation, Machine Vision and Robotics)
Automation continues to play a greater role in agricultural production with commercial systems now available for machine vision identification of weeds and other pests, autonomous weed control, and robotic harvesters for fruits and vegetables. The growing availability of autonomous machines in agriculture indicates that there are opportunities to increase automation in cotton production. This article considers how current and future advances in automation has, could, or will impact cotton production practices. The results are organized to follow the cotton production process from land preparation to planting to within season management through harvesting and ginning. For each step, current and potential opportunities to automate processes are discussed. Specific examples include advances in automated weed control and progress made in the use of robotic systems for cotton harvesting. View Full-Text
Keywords: cotton; automation; robotics; UGV; machine vision cotton; automation; robotics; UGV; machine vision
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Barnes, E.; Morgan, G.; Hake, K.; Devine, J.; Kurtz, R.; Ibendahl, G.; Sharda, A.; Rains, G.; Snider, J.; Maja, J.M.; Thomasson, J.A.; Lu, Y.; Gharakhani, H.; Griffin, J.; Kimura, E.; Hardin, R.; Raper, T.; Young, S.; Fue, K.; Pelletier, M.; Wanjura, J.; Holt, G. Opportunities for Robotic Systems and Automation in Cotton Production. AgriEngineering 2021, 3, 339-362. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering3020023

AMA Style

Barnes E, Morgan G, Hake K, Devine J, Kurtz R, Ibendahl G, Sharda A, Rains G, Snider J, Maja JM, Thomasson JA, Lu Y, Gharakhani H, Griffin J, Kimura E, Hardin R, Raper T, Young S, Fue K, Pelletier M, Wanjura J, Holt G. Opportunities for Robotic Systems and Automation in Cotton Production. AgriEngineering. 2021; 3(2):339-362. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering3020023

Chicago/Turabian Style

Barnes, Edward; Morgan, Gaylon; Hake, Kater; Devine, Jon; Kurtz, Ryan; Ibendahl, Gregory; Sharda, Ajay; Rains, Glen; Snider, John; Maja, Joe M.; Thomasson, J. A.; Lu, Yuzhen; Gharakhani, Hussein; Griffin, James; Kimura, Emi; Hardin, Robert; Raper, Tyson; Young, Sierra; Fue, Kadeghe; Pelletier, Mathew; Wanjura, John; Holt, Greg. 2021. "Opportunities for Robotic Systems and Automation in Cotton Production" AgriEngineering 3, no. 2: 339-362. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriengineering3020023

Find Other Styles

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop