Technical Sections III: Plant Production


Equipment Engineering for Plants

Engineering of equipment and systems to produce plants, including equipment design, manufacture, and use to establish plants, protect plants, harvest plant products, and transportation of agricultural produce. Engineering of components and systems for improved productivity, efficiency, and sustainability.


Washington State University

US United States



The School of engineering 35 Stirling HWY Crawley (Perth), University of Western Australia, Western Australia 6009,... read-more

AU Australia

TEL: +618 6488 3883


Secretary: Assoc. Prof. Hiwa Golpira

University of Kurdistan, Sanandaj

IR Iran, Islamic Republic of



Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture, Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Animal Husbandry, Voettinger... read-more

DE Germany

TEL: +49 8161 715830


Polytechnic University of Valencia, Departamento de Ingeniería Rural y Agroalimentaria, Unidad de Mecanización y... read-more

ES Spain

TEL: +34-963877291


Honorary Chairs/Members:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department - University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

US United States

TEL: +1-352-392-0822


Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension Center, 24106 N. Bunn Road, Prosser, WA... read-more

US United States

TEL: +1-509-786-9360


Mission, Objectives, Scope and Activities


The mission of Section III is to promote the advance of the engineering science in the area of plant production.  The Section will act as an umbrella organization for all national committees to promote, organize, coordinate and co-organize international activities, such as conferences, workshops, or networks, in the area of agricultural mechanization and automation.


Section III promotes activities on agricultural mechanization and automation, specifically the following:

  • Enhancement of networks among scientists and engineers worldwide working on agricultural mechanization and automation; 
  • Improvement of knowledge leading to more effective plant production via mechanization and automation;
  • Search for new technologies suitable for mechanized or automated specialty plant production;  
  • Promotion of applicable technologies for agricultural mechanization and automation for different regions of the world;
  • Make available a professional leadership development platform for international agricultural mechanization and automation research, development and education community; and
  • Assessment of social and economic impacts of using new technologies on plant production and rural communities.


Considering the objectives defined as above, the scope of CIGR-Section III refers to the following main subject areas:

  • Agricultural machinery technologies for field and facilitated plant production;
  • Mechanization and automation for specialty plant production;
  • Reduced-till, no-till and controlled traffic tillage technologies for grain production;
  • Application technologies (variable-rate application and drift control) for precision plant production;
  • Plant products mechanical harvesting technologies;
  • Ground and aerial agricultural robotics (UGVs and UAVs); and
  • Mobile agricultural power sources.


Section III organized the 5th CIGR Agricultural Mechanization Next Leaders events, which was held 12-19 July, 2017 in the USA. A total of 25 delegates from 14 countries participated in this 5-day event. The group visited two leading agricultural equipment manufacturers (John Deere, and CNH), toured Washington modern (mechanization-ready) orchards, and Washington State University Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems. In addition to the technical visits, the group attended the 2017 ASABE International Meeting in Spokane, Washington.
Section III compiled and published a booklet entitled “CIGR Agricultural Mechanization Next Leaders” in 2016.  It collected short biographies and contact information of all the participants of the five Next Leaders Events, and has been distributed to the CIGR headquarters, leading agricultural manufacturers around the world, relevant national committees, research centers, and academic institutions, as well as among the participants in the events.
In terms of conference organization, Section III has co-organized both the 4th CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR-AgEng2016) held in Aarhus, Denmark (26-29 June, 2016) and the XIX CIGR World Congress held in Antalya, Turkey (22-26 April, 2018).  In addition, Section III has co-sponsored the 5th IFAC Conference on Sensing, Control and Automation for Agriculture (AgriControl 2016) in Seattle, USA (4-17 August, 2016).

Events organized by Section III

Title Date Event type Location Country
6th CIGR Agricultural Mechanization Next Leaders Tue, 05/11/2019 to Tue, 12/11/2019 Workshop Germany DE Germany
The XIX CIGR World Congress 2018 Sun, 22/04/2018 to Thu, 26/04/2018 Congress Antalya TR Turkey
4th CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR-AgEng2016) Sun, 26/06/2016 to Wed, 29/06/2016 Conference Aarhus DK Denmark