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Convective drying of yellow discarded onion (Angaco INTA): Modelling of moisture loss kinetics and effect on phenolic compounds

Available online 15 July 2019
María Celia Roman | Maria Paula Fabani | Lorena Celina Luna | Gabriela Egly Feresin | German Mazza | Rosa Rodriguez

The Angaco INTA onion variety is the most cultivated and its production, mostly is destined for export. Due to their high-quality standards of these markets, many onions are discarded. The drying process...

Multi-target Prediction of wheat flour quality parameters with near infrared spectroscopy

Available online 12 July 2019
Sylvio Barbon Junior | Saulo Martielo Mastelini | Ana Paula A.C. Barbon | Douglas Fernandes Barbin | Rosalba Calvini | Jessica Fernandes Lopes | Alessandro Ulrici

Near Infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is an analytical technology widely used for the non-destructive characterisation of organic samples, considering both qualitative and quantitative attributes. In the...

Underwater sea cucumber identification via deep residual networks

Available online 5 July 2019
Xiangyun Guo | Xuehua Zhao | Yahui Liu | Daoliang Li

Sea cucumber culture and fishing are primarily dependent on manual work. For fast and accurate automatic identification of sea cucumbers, deep residual networks with different configures were conducted...

Textural, color and sensory attributes of peanut kernels as affected by infrared roasting method

June 2019
Hadi Bagheri | Mahdi Kashaninejad | Aman Mohammad Ziaiifar | Mehran Aalami

Roasting is one of the widespread methods for processing of nuts that significantly enhances the flavor, color, texture and appearance of products. In this research, the response surface methodology...

An adaptive segmentation method combining MSRCR and mean shift algorithm with K-means correction of green apples in natural environment

June 2019
Sashuang Sun | Huaibo Song | Dongjian He | Yan Long

•Green apple images are specifically segmented by using MSRCR and mean shift method.•FAIM algorithm is designed for adaptive threshold segmentation of orchard apples.•Segmented apples with serious occlusion...

A segmentation method for processing greenhouse vegetable foliar disease symptom images

June 2019
Juncheng Ma | Keming Du | Feixiang Zheng | Lingxian Zhang | Zhongfu Sun

Uneven illumination and clutter background were the most challenging problems to segmentation of disease symptom images. In order to achieve robust segmentation, a method for processing greenhouse vegetable...

Influence of temperature and light gradient on leaf arrangement and geometry in cucumber canopies: Structural phenotyping analysis and modelling

June 2019
Tingting Qian | Xiuguo Zheng | Xinyu Guo | Weiliang Wen | Juan Yang | Shenglian Lu

Accurate structural phenotyping analysis is essential to understand plant architectural adaptation strategy to environment change. The aim of this study was to analyze leaf arrangement and geometry...

Micro-sonic sensor technology enables enhanced grass height measurement by a Rising Plate Meter

June 2019
D. McSweeney | N.E. Coughlan | R.N. Cuthbert | P. Halton | S. Ivanov

Globally, the Rising Plate Meter (RPM) is a device used to measure compressed sward height, to enable estimation of herbage mass. Despite improved farm management practices aided by a variety of technological...

Tea leaf’s microstructure and ultrastructure response to low temperature in indicating critical damage temperature

June 2019
Yongzong Lu | Yongguang Hu | Richard L. Snyder | Eric R. Kent

•Mesophyll severely contracts and folds on the guard cells indicate the cold injury.•Transpiration increased in cold stress causes extracellular water first got frozen.•Intercellular freezing causes...

Image based leaf segmentation and counting in rosette plants

June 2019
J. Praveen Kumar | S. Domnic

•Combined approach using Statistical based image enhancement technique, graph based method and Circular Hough Transform is proposed to find the leaf count in plant images.•Statistical based image enhancement...

Using Support Vector Machines and neural networks to classify Merlot wines from South America

June 2019
Nattane Luíza Costa | Laura Andrea García Llobodanin | Inar Alves Castro | Rommel Barbosa

Wines with a clear geographical origin are an issue of interest for consumers and food industries. This paper presents a data mining study of Merlot wines from South America to identify the fingerprint...

A prediction model of NH3 concentration for swine house in cold region based on Empirical Mode Decomposition and Elman neural network

June 2019
Weizheng Shen | Xiao Fu | Runtao Wang | Yanling Yin | Yan Zhang | Udaybeer Singh | Bilegtsaikhan Lkhagva | Jian Sun

In order to improve the accuracy and reliability of ammonia (NH3) concentration prediction, which can provides a support to the ventilation control strategy, so as to reduce the impact of NH3 on the...

Comparative study of green peas using with blanching & without blanching techniques

June 2019
Om Prakash Pandey | Bimal Kumar Mishra | Ashok Misra

This paper attempts to analyze the kinetics involved in the drying of green peas in ‘with blanching’ and ‘without blanching’ techniques. Blanching by hot water mixed with a solution of citric acid (0.1–0.2 mg/ml)...

Height stability control of a large sprayer body based on air suspension using the sliding mode approach

Available online 15 June 2019
Yu Chen | Shuo Zhang | Enrong Mao | Yuefeng Du | Jun Chen | Shanju Yang

•An analysis model of suspension height adjustment process is established.•Height control strategy of sprayer sprung mass time-varying process is formulated.•A new sprayer body height control method...

Assessing suitability of modified center pivot irrigation systems in corn production using low altitude aerial imaging techniques

Available online 10 June 2019
Momtanu Chakraborty | Lav R. Khot | R. Troy Peters

This study evaluated corn (Zea mays var. indentata) canopy vigor and temperature variations using small unmanned aerial system (UAS) based spatiotemporal imagery data. The key objective was to develop...

Economic modeling of mechanized and semi-mechanized rainfed wheat production systems using multiple linear regression model

Available online 10 June 2019
Mobin Amoozad-Khalili | Reza Rostamian | Mahdi Esmaeilpour-Troujeni | Armaghan Kosari-Moghaddam

•Two types of rainfed wheat production systems were evaluated using multiple linear regression models.•The results showed that the costs of wheat production were higher in the semi-mechanized system...

Effect of climate on provincial-level banana yield in the Philippines

Available online 5 June 2019
Arnold R. Salvacion

This study assessed the effect of climate on banana yield in the Philippines using provincial level yield data and different climatic variables (i.e. annual rainfall, frequency of wet days, precipitation...

Design and simulation of an integrated end-effector for picking kiwifruit by robot

Available online 29 May 2019
Longtao Mu | Gongpei Cui | Yadong Liu | Yongjie Cui | Longsheng Fu | Yoshinori Gejima

The harvesting of fresh kiwifruit is a labor-intensive operation that accounts for more than 25% of annual production costs. Mechanized harvesting technologies are thus being developed to reduce labor...

Improving the prediction accuracy of soil nutrient classification by optimizing extreme learning machine parameters

Available online 21 May 2019
M.S. Suchithra | Maya L. Pai

The soil, Soul of Infinite Life, is the entity responsible for sustaining life on earth. In spite of significant advances in the service sector, agriculture remains the major provider of employment...

Production plan for perishable agricultural products with two types of harvesting

Available online 17 May 2019
Jing Li | Xinnan Gao | Biao Guo | Muyuan Wu

Many crops in China have two or more harvesting methods; however, little research has focused on this phenomenon. The current study proposes an operational model that looks to maximize grower profits....

Quality control of a four-echelon agri-food supply chain with multiple strategies

Available online 17 May 2019
Jin-you Hu | Jian Zhang | Mei Mei | Wei min Yang | Qiang Shen

•The four-echelon agri-supply chain model consists of one agricultural producer, one processing enterprise, one distributor, and many consumers with uncertain demand based on practical considerations.•A...

Development and validation of an integrated mechatronic apparatus for measurement of friction coefficients of agricultural products

Available online 25 April 2019
S.M. Shafaei | A. Nourmohamadi-Moghadami | S. Kamgar | M. Eghtesad

•An integrated mechatronic apparatus was developed for measurement of friction coefficients.•The apparatus consisted of an electrical sensing, control, and actuator unit.•The measuring system was worked...

Using information from images for plantation monitoring: A review of solutions for smallholders

Available online 13 April 2019
Bayu Taruna Widjaja Putra | Peeyush Soni | Bambang Marhaenanto | Pujiyanto | Soni Sisbudi Harsono | Spyros Fountas

Effect of introducing weather parameters on the accuracy of milk production forecast models

Available online 13 April 2019
Fan Zhang | John Upton | Laurence Shalloo | Philip Shine | Michael D. Murphy

•The NARX model and MLR model were compared at individual cow level.•Eight input treatments including weather combinations were tested and compared.•The NARX Model was more accurate than the MLR model.•The...

Integrated navigation for autonomous underwater vehicles in aquaculture: A review

Available online 11 April 2019
Jianhua Bao | Daoliang Li | Xi Qiao | Thomas Rauschenbach

Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing sector within the food industry, supplying humans with over half their aquatic products. Water quality monitoring or cage inspection is an indispensable part...

A hybrid weed optimized coverage path planning technique for autonomous harvesting in cashew orchards

Available online 10 April 2019
Kalaivanan Sandamurthy | Kalpana Ramanujam

A coverage path planning algorithm is proposed for discrete harvesting in cashew orchards. The main challenge in such an orchard is the collection of fruits and nuts lying on the floor. The manual collection...

An innovative intelligent system based on remote sensing and mathematical models for improving crop yield estimation

Available online 5 April 2019
Mohamad M. Awad

•Innovative and efficient mathematical model for accurate crop yield estimation.•Mapping actual evapotranspiration using energy balance equation.•New mathematical model which solves lack of remote sensing...

Propellants of mechanical pruning and plucking of tea (a case of developing countries)

Available online 3 April 2019
Saeed Firouzi | Fariborz Azarian

Tea is one of the most widely consumed natural beverages in the world. High costs of tea pruning and plucking is among the main challenges of its production in Iran as a developing country. Therefore,...

Controlling and regulation of integrated aquaponic production systems – An approach for a management execution system (MES)

Available online 1 April 2019
Olaf Witzel | Stefan Wilm | Divas Karimanzira | Daniela Baganz

•Controlling and regulation of integrated aquaponic production systems.•An approach for a management execution system.•Econometric optimization....

Assessing model parameters sensitivity and uncertainty of streamflow, sediment, and nutrient transport using SWAT

March 2019
Abdullah O. Dakhlalla | Prem B. Parajuli

•Assessed uncertainty and sensitivity of model parameters to predict flow, sediment, and nutrient.•Uncertainty was the greatest for simulating TN load.•Uncertainty was the lowest for simulating streamflow.•Uncertainty...

Prognostication of energy indices of tractor-implement utilizing soft computing techniques

March 2019
S.M. Shafaei | M. Loghavi | S. Kamgar

•Energy indices of tractor-implement was prognosticated in tillage operations.•The ANFIS and ANN models were developed to prognosticate energy indices.•The results of ANFIS model were compared to those...

Study of LED array fill light based on parallel particle swarm optimization in greenhouse planting

March 2019
Feifei He | Lihua Zeng | Dongming Li | Zhenhui Ren

Agricultural productivity is crucial to the economy. The output and quality of crops have a direct impact on people’s daily lives and a country's food and clothing. Therefore, harvesting high-quality...

Effective plant discrimination based on the combination of local binary pattern operators and multiclass support vector machine methods

March 2019
Vi Nguyen Thanh Le | Beniamin Apopei | Kamal Alameh

Accurate crop and weed discrimination plays a critical role in addressing the challenges of weed management in agriculture. The use of herbicides is currently the most common approach to weed control....

Applying a support vector model to assess land cover changes in the Uvs Lake Basin ecoregion in Mongolia

March 2019
Buyan-Erdene Jamsran | Chinsu Lin | Ishgaldan Byambakhuu | Jamsran Raash | Khaulenbek Akhmadi

The Uvs Lake Basin in western Mongolia is a natural world heritage site and is known for its diversity in landscape and wildlife. Recently, investigative research has shown that the protected pristine...

Social network structures among the livestock farmers vis a vis calcium supplement technology

March 2019
Sreeram Vishnu | Jancy Gupta | S.P. Subash

This study aims to delineate and analyze the configuration of social networks of farmers with respect to the acquisition of information on vital livestock technology. Three stage sampling was carried...

Mathematical modeling of drying characteristics of Jew’s mallow (Corchorus olitorius) leaves

March 2019
Adewale Olusegun Omolola | Patrick Francis Kapila | Henry Mbitha Silungwe

Drying behaviour of Jew’s mallow leaves using an oven dryer was studied. The influence of drying temperatures (50, 60 and 70 °C) on moisture content of the leaves at stable air velocity was considered....

Heating demand and economic feasibility analysis for year-round vegetable production in Canadian Prairies greenhouses

March 2019
Md Shamim Ahamed | Huiqing Guo | Lisa Taylor | Karen Tanino

Greenhouse vegetable production in Canadian Prairies is important for creating a sustainable regional food economy, especially in northern communities. This study included the estimation of heating...

Heterosis and combining ability in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.)

March 2019
Chikezie Onuora Ene | Peter Ejimofor Ogbonna | Christian Ugwu Agbo | Uchechukwu Paschal Chukwudi

The objective of this work was to evaluate four parental lines of cucumber which included: ‘Zeina’ (Zna), ‘Beit Alpha’ (BA), ‘Straight 8’ (Strght 8) and ‘Calypso’ (Capso) and six F1s generated by diallel...

GIS approach for assessment of land suitability for different land use alternatives in semi arid environment in Jordan: Case study (Al Gadeer Alabyad-Mafraq)

March 2019
Safa Mazahreh | Majed Bsoul | Doaa Abu Hamoor

•It is concluded that 89% (18,710 dunum) of the total area could be used for rangeland.•54% of the study area is potentially suitable to for water harvesting techniques.•11% of the total area is not...

Path-tracking control based on a dynamic trigonometric function

March 2019
Yunyi Wang | Shuo Zhang | Zhongxiang Zhu | Zhen Li | Yuefeng Du | Lizhi Fang

•A tractor path tracking control system based on the dynamic trigonometric function is designed.•A new method of path-tracking is proposed with the dynamic trigonometric function and GPS navigational...

Use fuzzy interface systems to optimize land suitability evaluation for surface and trickle irrigation

March 2019
Yaser Hoseini

In this study fuzzy logic system was used for optimization parametric evaluation system in surface and trickle irrigations. This study was performed on a surface area of 5175 ha in fathali region located...

An ICT model for increased adoption of farm input information in developing countries: A case in Sikasso, Mali

March 2019
Macire Kante | Robert Oboko | Christopher Chepken

•The factors compatibility, simplicity, and relative advantage are the positive perceived factors in the use of ICT-based farm input information.•The factors observability and social influence were...

Determination of the oxidative stability of olive oil using an integrated system based on dielectric spectroscopy and computer vision

March 2019
Alireza Sanaeifar | Abdolabbas Jafari

During storage, olive oil may suffer degradation leading to an inferior quality level when purchased and consumed. Oxidative stability is one of the most important parameters for maintaining the quality...

Automated recognition and classification of adulteration levels from bulk paddy grain samples

March 2019
Basavaraj S. Anami | Naveen N. Malvade | Surendra Palaiah

Fraudulent labeling and adulteration are the major concerns in the global rice industry. Almost all the paddy varieties being sold in the market are prone to adulteration. It is very difficult to differentiate...

Weed control through allelopathic crop water extracts and S-metolachlor in cotton

Available online 30 March 2019
Nadeem Iqbal | Abdul Khaliq | Zahid Ata Cheema

Weeds are one of the most important biological constraint to cotton production, and resulting in a yield losses of up to 90%. The evolution of hundreds of resistant weed species, the lack of new herbicide...

Service delivery effectiveness of Farmers’ Information and Advice Centres in Dinajpur Sadar Upazila of Bangladesh

Available online 21 March 2019
Md. Sadekur Rahman | Aliyu Akilu Barau | Md. Rubayet Al Ferdous Noman

The indispensability of information in agricultural development led to the setting up of Farmers’ Information and Advice Centres (FIACs) by the government of Bangladesh all over the country. The FIACs...

Optimal dairy feed input selection under alternative feeds availability and relative prices

Available online 21 March 2019
Othman Alqaisi | Luis Eduardo Moraes | Oghaiki Asaah Ndambi | Ryan Blake Williams

Feed formulation is essential in the dairy production chain from economic, nutritional, and environmental perspectives. Optimizing the feed formulation across those three domains – given uncertainty...

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