Management information system for spatial analysis of tractor- implement draft forces

  • Z. Tsiropoulos
  • S. Fountas
  • T. Gemtos
  • I. Gravalos
  • D. Paraforos
Conference paper


With the recent increases in fuel costs, producers are searching for ways to minimize costs and to increase productivity. The ability to monitor and collect data about tractor/implement performance can benefit farm machinery management decisions and lead to fuel savings. The draft force required to pull an implement is of great importance, since it determines fuel consumption and the tractor power required. The aim of this study was to design and develop a Farm Management Information System (FMIS) to handle draft forces data and generate spatial performance maps. This analysis could be useful to analyze tillage operations in order to maintain soil quality and reduce energy consumption.


FMIS fuel consumption spatial analysis maps draft forces 



The research has been funded by the European Union ERA-NET ICT-AGRI project ‘RoboFarm: Integrated robotic and software platform as a support system for farm level business decisions’ (11ICTAgri-10-40).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Tsiropoulos
    • 1
  • S. Fountas
    • 1
  • T. Gemtos
    • 1
  • I. Gravalos
    • 2
  • D. Paraforos
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Thessaly, School of Agricultural Sciences and Rural EnvironmentVolosGreece
  2. 2.Department of Biosystems EngineeringTechnological Educational Institute of Larissa, School of Agricultural TechnologyLarissaGreece
  3. 3.University of Hohenheim, Institute of Agricultural EngineeringStuttgartGermany

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