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A survey of future farm automation – a descriptive analysis of survey responses

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Today, especially in Europe, operational efficiency of machines is an important product development goal because further capacity increases by size seem to be limited. Efficient semi-autonomous or autonomous machine operations are likely to be the next step in automation strategy in agriculture. The aim of this paper is to present descriptive results of survey responses that explored the perception of future advanced mechanization systems by German farmers including the likely adoption of automated farming machinery. In general, the farmers emphasized their high interest in advanced future techniques. This is confirmed already by their investment in fully automatic guidance systems. However, farmers are still sceptical about the use of autonomous machines on their farms in terms of reliability and safety.


  • future farm mechanization
  • robots
  • machine fleets
  • automation
  • survey

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The authors thank R. Winter from DLG for setting up and conducting the web-based questionnaire as well as for assisting in analyzing the results.

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Kester, C., Griepentrog, H.W., Hörner, R., Tuncer, Z. (2013). A survey of future farm automation – a descriptive analysis of survey responses. In: Stafford, J.V. (eds) Precision agriculture ’13. Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen.

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