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6 years 3 months ago - 6 years 3 months ago #520177 by nzfarmer1
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Signed up today. What a great forum you have.

We farm 80 hectares of hilly river valley in Western Southland. And I run a small software business helping farmers with wireless telemetry and SCADA type applications. ( southweb.co.nz )

Life's busy. Too busy for organic gardening really, although we do have the obligatory vege garden, worm farm, green house and chooks.

I'm very excited about the potential of small scale agricultural robotics and precision farming - mechanical planters, tillers, and weeders that can do the work for me, and avoid the need for nasty chemicals. We may soon be able to cultivate high value crops in our hill country - without importing an army of German WWOOFs!

I suppose you could call me a prepper. It's not a title I like, but I don't like what I see coming.

If you're reading this from a day job in the city and dreaming about your escape (I was once there), my advice would be don't wait. You'll likely die younger and poorer, but you'll sleep straighter in your bed.
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6 years 3 months ago #520204 by Ruth
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nzfarmer1 wrote: ...You'll likely die younger and poorer, but you'll sleep straighter in your bed.

Welcome to the forum. :)

Don't forget the crapped-out back which means even though you'll sleep straighter, you'll wake up more because it hurts. :D Mind you, if you roboticise your jobs, maybe you'll avoid that common injury.
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6 years 3 months ago #520285 by Fairlight
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Keen to hear your experiences in robotics! !
I'm a complete N00B in electronics but I've got an arduino starter kit on the way to learn the ropes. I'm pretty keen to put together an automatic irrigation system based on soil moisture and light (I saw an example of this on YouTube, I think the title was garduino or something clever like that).
I'm also a pretty big fan of permaculture, as it cuts down on weeding - anything that gives me more time to put into other things!!
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6 years 3 months ago #520288 by nzfarmer1
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Hi Fairlight

Good luck with the Arduino project. Let me know if we can help. I originally came from an IT background, but have specialised in solutions involving ARM and AVR based processors. We've spent a few years working on an all of farm wireless telemetry solution that aims to be significantly lower cost and more flexible than the incumbent offerings - see: agsense.co.nz .

With your Arduino irrigation project, am assuming you don't have power to the device and will be using batteries? Otherwise you may want to consider just using a Pi with a Sainsmart relay controlled via the Pi's GPIO pins.

Feel free to get in touch - we're now taking on work from electricians, farmers, precision agriculture specialists and inventors.

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