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Seeding Precision Test Based on Machine Vision

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006  701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21902)
Authors:   Wei Li, Jiachun Lin
Keywords:   Machine vision, Seeder performance, Seeder Test, Image Processing

A testing approach for seeding precision was developed in this paper, which is an integrated technology of machine vision, pattern recognition, and automatic control. A machine vision based test-bed was developed for performance tests of grain seeders and a corresponding software package was compiled to capture the images of the deposited seeds, to segment the seeds from the background of the image, and to calculate the spacing between two seeds after precision seeding, the number of seeds per length after drill seeding, and the distance between hills and the number of seeds per hill after hill-drop seeding. A special illumination system was constructed to light the scenes under the cameras. A special designed image splicing algorithm was enabled to eliminate overlapped area of two adjacent images in sequence. The testbed has been proved reliable and accurate from quantity of practical tests.

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