Category: Agricultural engineering

Mushroom infestation is a horror for winemakers in winegrowing: Infested vines have to be carefully sorted out during harvesting, the wine quality suffers and also the economic yield. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) want to remedy this with a remote-controlled drone that carries a laser-based detection system for detecting fungal attack.

Laser light illuminates grapevines and reveals fungal attack

DLR researcher Christoph Kölbl controls a first demo model of a drone over the vineyards. By laser in the black box, (more…)

The world’s largest farm for the in-house production of vegetables is being built in Dubai. The water requirement is more than 99% lower than in conventional agriculture. Chemicals are superfluous.

Scientists in the Vertical Farming Plant

In containers in the middle of Dubai, the service subsidiary of Emirates wants to grow vegetables that are eaten on board. The largest vertical farming facility in the world is planned near the airport.

Photo: Crop One

white containers in a row

In the US, Crop One already has (more…)

Harvesters pick small cucumbers while lying on their tummy. This is an exhausting job for which fewer and fewer people find themselves. Vending machines should replace the pickers, so that the cultivation is not relocated to low-wage countries. First tests were successful.

Cucumber pilots are called the agricultural vehicles on which harvest workers lying on their stomach harvest the fruits. These bones are to be taken over by light robots.

Cucumber pilots are called the agricultural vehicles on which harvest workers lying on their stomachs harvest the fruits. Lightweight robots are to take over this work of bones.

Photo: Fraunhofer (more…)

To protect young lambs from deadly attacks by sea eagles, the Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) Conservation Agency has approved the use of laser equipment. This program initially affects the Argyll area. Soon, however, some northern Scottish islands will also be included.

Too often, sea eagles kill lambs on Scottish pastures. A laser shield should keep the birds of prey away from the young in the future.

Too often, white-tailed eagles kill lambs on Scottish pastures. A laser shield should keep the birds of prey away from the young in the future.

Photo: panthermedia.net/Leander

The protection (more…)

Agroforestry is the new magic word in agriculture: instead of cultivating rapeseed or wheat on the field to the horizon, rows of trees interrupt the monotony. Not only does it look more beautiful, it also boosts biodiversity and yields more.

Tree planting on an agroforestry area

HNEE student Tommy Lorenz (orange jacket) explains at the tree planting campaign An agroforestry area will teach participants how to prepare the plants before they come into the ground. The long-term research and model project is (more…)

The trend towards organic food continues unabated. But how do you make an environmentally friendly way against weeds and unpleasantly?

Organic foods are in demand. But they also require a careful approach against weeds and vermin. For the former, there are now many technical helpers - for farmers and hobby gardeners.

Organic food is in demand. But they also require a careful approach against weeds and vermin. For the former, there are now many technical helpers – for farmers and hobby gardeners.

Photo: Maurizio Gambarini dpa / lno

Whether the local vegetable garden or the commercial arable land, weeds are undesirable in both. (more…)

Everything on sugar: Volvo Trucks has developed a self-steering truck that helps sugar cane farmers to better harvests. The vehicle makes custom work: It deviates from its route by a maximum of 25 mm. This prevents young plants from being accidentally knocked down – which means a yield loss of four percent.

The automatic steering of the Volvo truck ensures that the truck is on course and right Keep away from the harvester to prevent damage to young plants and compaction of the soil.

Automatic steering of the Volvo truck keeps the truck on course and at the right distance from the harvester to prevent damage to young plants and compaction (more…)

The electric motor is also on the verge of conquering agriculture. The agricultural machinery group John Deere and the Technical University of Karlsruhe are presenting a heavy-duty tractor with electric drive at the Sima agricultural fair in Paris at the end of February. However, there are still some practical hurdles to overcome before using them on the field.

Next year, agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere will present this electric-powered tractor. Under the bonnet sits a large lithium-ion battery.

Next year, agricultural machinery manufacturer John Deere will present this electric-powered tractor. Under (more…)

Near Wolfsburg, a plant is created where plants do not grow in soil but in partially purified wastewater. This contains all the necessary nutrients. This technology also reduces the consumption of fresh water to zero.

At the wastewater treatment plant in Wolfsburg-Hattorf, wastewater for plant cultivation is treated in the HypoWave project.

At the wastewater treatment plant in Wolfsburg-Hattorf, wastewater for plant cultivation is treated in the HypoWave project.

Photo: Fraunhofer IGB

Wastewater contains valuable fertilizer. The one could use directly for the cultivation (more…)

Is the grain still high? Is the corn well developed? Which fields have to be fertilized? Soon enough for a view of a satellite picture. In the future, ESA satellite data will provide precise information on the development status of crops. Acker way. That should even help the environment.

Satellite-to-earth data transmission by laser: Images from ESA's Sentinel-2 Earth Observation Satellite will be used to provide farmers with additional information about their arable land.

Data transfer between Satellite and Earth via laser: Images from ESA’s Sentinel-2 Earth Observation Satellite will be used in the future to provide farmers with additional information (more…)