AUTONOMOUS DEVICE on the FIELD
For a long time we have had to struggle with fundamental mistakes in the practice of today's agricultural management.
The field implement described below would be associated with several positive effects; it enables rational organic farming, is easy to implement, would be affordable, time-saving and practical in its application:
Similar to a self-propelled lawn robot could be offered for agricultural use, a solar-powered beam vehicle. For spatial orientation, a boundary wire designed around the edge of the field serves as the line path change of the device. The complex autonomous drive technology via G4 / GPS, as for the planned road mobility, is not necessary for this purpose. The working width would be variable between 1.4 to 7 meters *. Such an agricultural equipment drives on four lightly wheeled e-wheels with a total of about 4000 watts of power ** and four de-energized wheels. With its approximately 10 m² of thin-film solar films, it delivers good power output even in diffuse light conditions. In addition, a battery change allows any necessary residual demand.
The energy for the mechanical field work comes from a carbon compressed air tank. So could e.g. Specially designed board software detects sprouting weeds and keeps them from growing. A series of hydraulic lances separate the main root from the pest. Thus, the device provides - in dry spring weather used - the decisive dominance for sowing.
Another essay sprays organic pesticides - instead of the usual "RoundUp's"! The injection tank would be a separate trailer with synchronized e-wheels. Also as a bar mower and for hay preparation, the basic unit could receive corresponding essays ***. Furthermore it could put the worm crate crop spreading or young plants. The autonomous beam provides valuable and environmentally compatible work steps - with minimal work and time and low operating costs. In the equipment warehouse it needs about 2 m² and 4 m room height. On the way to and from the field boom are folded up ****. Only for harvesting cereals and for larger crops, it still needs the heavy machinery.
The software could be designed to detect brooding animals in the field and protect their nesting site.
Carefully treated floors have a rich micro life without plowing. With regular crop rotation and an autonomous disc harrow which gently crumbles the topsoil, fertile soil can be reached even without "agrochemical aids". Only deep plowing makes them nutrient-poor, depriving them of their natural function as topsoil! Only with gentle processing a return to profitable organic cultivation is possible.
Such equipment would be purchased and used by several small farmers together. With serial availability, in addition to the conventional tractor, they would be an affordable and soon profitable investment.
* The beam arms consist of four 1.5 long, detachable elements each with a wheel. Their arm joints provide flexible ground adjustment. The arm frame can be attached to the PV foils.
** The 10 cm wide flat rims are covered in full contact by a rubber profile. A susceptible Luftschlauchbereifung is not necessary here. The wheel spokes each lead to a 500 watt hub motor. The 1 m wide center section leads on four wheels, the compressed air tank and the batteries. The latter are charged at the farm as a reserve with the PV system.
*** On the slope, the work efficiency is provided more efficiently only downhill. The speed will be between 5 and 35 km / h depending on the power.
**** On the way to the field or to the yard, the device is controlled by joystick, sitting on the middle section. Beforehand, the appropriate code entry must enable the operation. All fieldwork can be controlled and monitored remotely via the app. In Lifecykle, the approx. 50 kg aluminum tube struts (+ 40 kg wheel weight) provide the best raw material for further use.
Social and economic aspects associated with the use of this HiTech device
In the already more than 23,000 rural organic farms in Austria, significant standards and improvements would result: the women would no longer have to do a lot of monotonous tractor driving lessons in the field. But they would be at the farm and as a mother with their children. The man would not be a pendulum "sideline farmer", but instead of monoculture could reap diverse fruits in good organic quality. The peasant farming would thus be relieved of joyless racking. His work then served as general food safety and is no longer just a "function" for the food industry.
On the one hand, in view of the increasing consumer demand, and on the other hand, with the desire for rural original joy and love of sowing and harvest, this way with the light, self-propelled beam devices would be possible. The agricultural products of regional farmers could yield a pleasing return in the organic association - as Fairtrade organic food.
Whether with a direct subsidy on purchase or tax deductibility, it should, as with the purchase of an e-car, give environmental protection for autonomous, solar agricultural mobility. Because, a farmer drives on his fields every year 4 - 7 times line by line an enormous amount of fossil kilometers! These routes save our lightweight devices in a clean way!
Biodiversity habitats need about 5% of fallow land to protect the numerous animal and plant species. They are an indispensable and economically acceptable and in this sense even beneficial measure. Irrespective of whether they are mandatory or have been issued with instructions, promoting environmental protection by satellite image would be beneficial. Also a community would be an annual promotion for their beekeepers (about 2 € per bee colony) reasonable. These measures lead directly to a rapid re-ecologization!
The contracted SDGs must be actively implemented by the signatory states within the timetables. These goals can also be achieved with the help of the respective steering and promotion instruments - for the common good and for the sake of creation!
Too many high-risk chemical all-round poisons radically minimized the diversity of insects - and, unfortunately, songbirds with insects on their menu. After all, 75% of all insects have disappeared in the last 30 years! On the whole, there is too little of the former luxuriant floral and butterfly splendor. Little by little the buzz, creaking and twittering disappear. The dumb spring - not just a metaphor! Even globally, the socially unhealthy development of "rural exodus" and urbanization is taking place with all the visible consequences that turbo-capitalism dictates to us - as far as we do not object to this pull!
These patent-free suggestions now need regional implementation by our agricultural technology manufacturers and the politicians - this is my strong vision ...
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