A cost prediction model for machine operation in multi-field production systems

Authors

  • Alessandro Sopegno University of Turin; Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Patrizia Busato University of Turin; Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Remigio Berruto University of Turin; Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences
  • Thiago Libório Romanelli University of São Paulo; ESALQ; Biosystem Engineering Dept

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/0103-9016-2015-0304

Abstract

Capacity planning in agricultural field operations needs to give consideration to the operational system design which involves the selection and dimensioning of production components, such as machinery and equipment. Capacity planning models currently onstream are generally based on average norm data and not on specific farm data which may vary from year to year. In this paper a model is presented for predicting the cost of in-field and transport operations for multiple-field and multiple-crop production systems. A case study from a real production system is presented in order to demonstrate the model’s functionalities and its sensitivity to parameters known to be somewhat imprecise. It was shown that the proposed model can provide operation cost predictions for complex cropping systems where labor and machinery are shared between the various operations which can be individually formulated for each individual crop. By so doing, the model can be used as a decision support system at the strategic level of management of agricultural production systems and specifically for the mid-term design process of systems in terms of labor/machinery and crop selection conforming to the criterion of profitability.

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Published

2016-10-01

How to Cite

Sopegno, A., Busato, P., Berruto, R., & Romanelli, T. L. (2016). A cost prediction model for machine operation in multi-field production systems . Scientia Agricola, 73(5), 397-405. https://doi.org/10.1590/0103-9016-2015-0304

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Agricultural Engeneering