22 November 2001
Grain 2001: Robots to seek out bugs

By FARMERS WEEKLY staff

COMPUTERS that seek out and deal with grain store pests may be coming to your farm soon, says the Central Science Laboratory.

The York-based company has carried out an 18-month feasibility study into the idea on behalf of manufacturer Robydome.

Fully automated computer control of aerated grain stores, including spotting and dealing with insects, is now a step closer, it claims.

“The idea is to produce an all-singing, all-dancing intelligent controller, based on integrated decision support, explains the CSLs Dean Cook.

The concept, encouraged by a Department for Trade and Industry award, relies on the power of a personal computer and on-line temperature and moisture sensors.

The next step is to produce an electronic insect monitor, probably based on the laboratorys pitfall capture trap.

Infra-red detectors have been produced in Canada but are expensive, he notes. We hope to develop our own and I am sure it can be done.

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