Machine vision technology in agriculture: A review on the automatic seedling transplanters
Tabinda Naz Syed, Imran Ali Lakhiar, Farman Ali Chandio
In the field of plug seedling production, it is necessary to monitor the morphological characteristics, eliminate the inferior seedlings and transplant the seedlings from high-density trays to low-density trays. Mostly, the above process is performed by following the manual operations, which is vast labor-intensive due to high labor costs, availability and manageability, low production efficiency, and inconsistent subjective judgment criteria of manual monitoring are difficult to guarantee the transplanting of the quality seedlings. The above factors significantly restrict seedlings production and create difficulty for increasing the seedlings production on a large scale. Therefore, this review article discusses the automatic seedling transplanters and provides important information about the use of machine vision technology for automatic seedling transplanters. Moreover, the rising labor costs and increasing agricultural products are turning farmers towards the latest automation technologies. Several research studies suggested that it could be the most suitable choice to implement automatic robotic techniques with machine vision technology for seedlings transplanting. In addition, automatic-seedling transplanting with machine vision techniques are fast, timesaving, and provide a guarantee for the quality, and it has significance for improving efficiency, reducing labor intensity, assuring the transplanting speed, and promoting rapid seedlings production development on a large scale.
Tabinda Naz Syed, Imran Ali Lakhiar, Farman Ali Chandio. Machine vision technology in agriculture: A review on the automatic seedling transplanters. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 6, Issue 12, 2019, Pages 79-88