Operations Management in Agriculture - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128097861

Operations Management in Agriculture

1st Edition

Authors: Dionysis Bochtis Claus Aage Gron Sorensen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128097861
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 348
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Operations Management in Agriculture bridges the knowledge gap on operations management for agricultural machinery. It complements traditional topics (cost of using and choosing machinery) with advanced engineering approaches recently applied in agricultural machinery management (area coverage planning and sequential scheduling). The book covers new technologies in bio-production systems (robotics, IoT) and environmental compliance by employing a systems engineering perspective with focuses on sub-systems, including advanced optimization, supply chain systems, sustainability, autonomous vehicles and IT-driven decision-making. It will be a valuable resource for students studying decision-making and those working to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of production through machinery choice.

Key Features

  • Covers agricultural machinery management related courses and a number of other courses within the agricultural engineering discipline
  • Provides core tools for machine operations management, including machinery selection and cost of usage
  • Presents current knowledge for agricultural machinery management in a science-based format


Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Agricultural Science and Engineering Faculties that involve the discipline of "Agricultural Engineering" (in various Universities entitled also as "Biosystems Engineering" or "Agricultural and Biological Engineering"). Function and Management of Agricultural Machines in Plant Production, Off-Road Equipment Engineering, Precision Agriculture, Agricultural Systems Management, Advanced Agricultural Operations Management, Farm machinery, Agricultural machinery contractors, Agricultural Consultants, Agricultural associations

Table of Contents

1. History of agricultural production mechanization
2. Introduction to management science basics
3. Effectiveness and Efficiency of agricultural machinery (introduction and definitions of agricultural machinery productivity measures)
4. Cost of using agricultural machinery
5. Choosing machinery system
6. Operations management
7. Agri-products supply chain operations
8. Energy inputs-outputs in agricultural operations
9. Growing systems and operational management challenges
10. Advances and future trends in agricultural machinery and management


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About the Author

Dionysis Bochtis

Dionysis D Bochtis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering of Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University, Denmark. He holds a PhD in Fleet management in bio-production systems, a MSc in Automation Control, and a B.Sc. in Exact Sciences (Physics). His primary research is industrial engineering focused on bio-production and related supply chain systems including activities relate to fleet management (for conventional and autonomous field machinery), field robots (high level control aspects: mission planning, path planning, task allocation), supply chain management for bio-energy bio-recourses and argi-food, field logistics (scheduling, area coverage planning, routing), and automation and decision Support Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

Claus Aage Gron Sorensen

Claus Grøn Sørensen is the Head of the Operations Management unit in the Dept. of Engineering, Aarhus University. He holds a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management and has over 25 year experience in production and operations management, information modelling in terms of decision processes, type of information, system analysis, and simulation and modelling of technology use in agriculture. Research topics have included resource analyses and optimisations, integration of technical management evaluations for whole farm analyses and optimisations, the feasibility of introducing robotic systems in agriculture and the development of management information systems (e.g. FP7, FutureFarm).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark

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