Assessing the practicality of the robot platforms from swarmfarm robotics
The project overview is to assess the practicality of the robot platforms from swarmfarm robotics to aid with the delivery and completion of established vineyard practices, traditionally performed by the current manual workforce. The proposed 3-year project will provide in field examples of how robotics can address the following concerns across ~1000 ha of vineyards in the premium wine growing region of Coonawarra:
- Pilot trial to establish the relevance of robotics to deliver and complete current vineyard tasks highlighted as being at risk due to the current ageing workforce. Review autonomous implement platform that can run existing industry standard implements, to complete tasks as required by sites, currently also being trialed in cotton, turf farming and horticulture. Key measures for success would include analysis of time and economic efficiencies along with safety assessments.
- The in-field operational capabilities of robotics will be calibrated with science and technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) graduates, with the aim to attract a new labour force to manage, enhance and operate this equipment.
- Extend project outcomes and key learnings throughout the viticulture industry via annual field expo days, regular sector briefings and reports using multimedia channels. Provide opportunities for other primary production sectors to review and identify capabilities for the technology.
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