Agricultural business is shifting to a stronger integration of information technology and data analysis to optimise the management and operations of small- and large-scale farms. In particular, computer support for decision-making is critical for farmers who want to decrease the cost of operations and control their (semi-)automated fleet of agricultural machines. This paper develops an optimisation module for decision support in Agricultural Routing Planning (ARP). The output is expected to help farmers to decide on the most efficient route for their harvesting machines. Specifically, the aim of this study is to contribute to optimisation solutions by introducing a new methodology called a Lovebird Algorithm, to address the routing problem. The Lovebird Algorithm acts as an optimisation tool to screen alternatives and focus only on efficient ones. The experimental results show that the proposed algorithm can save 8% of the non-working distance compared to the Genetic Algorithm and Tabu Search.
Utamima, Amalia; Reiners, Torsten; and Ansaripoor, Amir H., "Decision making for Farmers: A Case Study of Agricultural Routing Planning" (2019). ACIS 2019 Proceedings. 84.