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2013 (Vol. 5, Issue: 12)
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Exploring GPS Data for Operational Analysis of Farm Machinery

Ramin Shamshiri and Wan Ishak Wan Ismail
Corresponding Author:  Ramin Shamshiri 

Key words:  Field efficiency, field machine index, GPS, precision agriculture, , ,
Vol. 5 , (12): 3281-3286
Submitted Accepted Published
May 04, 2012 May 29, 2012 April 10, 2013

Global Positioning System (GPS) has made a great evolution in different aspects of modern agricultural sectors. Today, a growing number of crop producers are using GPS and other modern electronic and computer equipments to practice Site Specific Management (SSM) and precision agriculture. This technology has the potential in agricultural mechanization by providing farmers with a sophisticated tool to measure yield on much smaller scales as well as precisely determination and automatic storing of variables such as field time, working area, machine travel distance and speed, fuel consumption and yield information. This study focuses on how to interpret and process raw GPS data for operational analysis of farm machinery. Exact determinations of field activities using GPS data along with accurate measurements and records of yield provide an integrated tool to calculate field efficiency and field machine index which in turn increases machine productivity and labor saving. The results can also provide graphical tools for visualizing machine operatorís performance as well as making decision on field and machine size and selection.
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Ramin Shamshiri and Wan Ishak Wan Ismail , 2013. Exploring GPS Data for Operational Analysis of Farm Machinery.  Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology, 5(12): 3281-3286.
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