Special Issue "Engineering of Smart Agriculture"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2022.
Interests: machine management in agriculture; ergonomics in agricultural technology; electromagnetic identification of plant quality structure; soil type; subsoil compaction; agricultural engineering; electromagnetism
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Interests: ergonomics; biofuels; production engineering
Interests: air source heat pumps; water heaters; applied sciences; Horticulture; solar heating; greenhouses; microclimate; natural ventilation
Modern agricultural production has two main tasks that now must coexist. The first is yield maximization in order to satisfy market needs, and the second is minimization of interference with the soil environment. One of the basic criteria of a balance between these tasks is the degree of soil biological improvement, the parameterization of which is an important issue in modern production systems. Among the innovative technologies that have been developed in the last few decades, precision agriculture can be considered the most important, which is considered to be an excellent tool for the development of sustainable agriculture and allows us to optimize production for present and future generations while taking into account economic, ecological, and social aspects. This concept was born from the conviction that the variability in plant growth conditions is the factor that contributes most to the variability in yields at the field scale and, therefore, it would be advantageous to adapt the amount of input to the local soil conditions and, therefore, to perform the right treatment in the right place and at the right time. A very important issue is the search for the most effective methods that will allow us to delineate in the field areas differing in production conditions, among which soil properties are the most important. A number of technologically advanced devices have been developed, thanks to which large amounts of data can be acquired in real time under field conditions in a continuous measurement mode using proximity detection. Modern technical solutions allow for integration of satellite-based surface condition identification systems with ground-based systems and aircraft. Integrating various measurements into a single system for mapping soil properties is a current research problem. It is predicted that geophysical surveys with the simultaneous use of more sensors will become the standard because of the broad range of field information necessary for proper management. Modern farm and production technologies are monitored through the use of telematic systems and software that allow for real-time analysis and then simulation of the economic outcome of a given activity or process, which consequently leads to its optimization. In addition, networking of the entire machine park enables us to automatically plan maintenance services.
Dr. Paweł Kiełbasa
Prof. Dr. Tadeusz Juliszewski
Prof. Dr. Sławomir Kurpaska
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- precision agriculture telematics
- agricultural production technology
- measurement systems
- agricultural engineering
- mechanical engineering