In Japan, the increasing mean age of farmers, the increasing demand for skilled farm operators by growth of agricultural companies, and the reduced entry of new skilled farmers have heightened problems in passing on skills. In devising a way to measure the passing on of skills, we used the Farming Visualization System to compare machinery operators' techniques quantitatively. During planting operations on a large rice farm, we compared working time on a straight course, working time on a turning course without seedlings, working time on a turning course with seedlings, and the number of rear views as a measure of accuracy checking between a skilled operator and a beginner. We identified significant differences between operators in all measures except working time on a turning course with seedlings. Thus, the Farming Visualization System could be used to quantitatively assess how farming skills are passed on and provide guidance for improving the transfer of knowledge to future generations.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Use of a Farming Visualization System to Compare Techniques between Machinery Operators in a Paddy Field
|Number of pages
|Published - 2014