The Handbook of Global Agricultural Markets: The Business by Luc Nijs (auth.)

By Luc Nijs (auth.)

This e-book is a one-stop reference for practitioners and teachers in finance, enterprise and economics, supplying a holistic connection with the foreign agriculture company. It takes a multidisciplinary technique, the problems, possibilities and investable topics within the worldwide agricultural house, combining examine and useful tools.

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One possible solution for this is to build an anaerobic digester that will allow the farm to operate off the energy grid (the biogas opportunity mentioned earlier in this chapter) and additionally will recycle waste from nearby businesses. c. Pollution and other environmental aspects Typical greenhouse models are known to create more greenhouse gases than field production, largely due to a higher energy cost per produced unit. Given the additional cost components mentioned before, the risk of additional carbon emissions is significant.

Sensor-based management is an emerging area with very high potential to improve fertility and PGR management through real-time variable-rate applications. 6. Yield monitors Current technology for yield monitoring includes the mechanical harvest of grains and cotton. In the case of grains, yield is continuously recorded by Introduction 27 measuring the force of the grain flow as it impacts a sensible plate in the clean grain elevator of the combine. Some cottonseed yield-monitoring systems use optical sensors installed in the mechanical picker chutes to measure cotton flow rate as harvested cotton travels from the header to the basket.

Steering assist systems provide an excellent option to auto-guidance, but their accuracy is lower than the top-of-the-line autopilot systems that interface with the machine steering through the hydraulic system. These “hands-free” autopilot systems generally use the most precise GPS receivers that provide consistent signals of less than one inch accuracy. Directional control at this level requires extra navigation hardware and motion sensors such as gyroscopes and accelerometers. In power-demanding operations such as tillage, autopilot systems allow growers to save fuel and time by optimizing the number of passes into the field.

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