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What type of robots do they use in the agriculture sector?

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Neil Martin

Neil Martin

There are types of robots used in the agriculture sector. 

Some years ago the milking machine robot was invented and it’s now a common sight on many dairy farms. One farmer, running a Lely Astronaut milking robot for example, has openly said that since his having installed the machine, his cows have become more ‘individual’ and now decide when they want to be milked throughout the day. And one milking robot means that 75 cows, and the dairy farm itself, can be run by just a few people.

We waste water and use too much fertiliser. That’s a given, right? So what can we do? Well, we can use robots that ensure that waste is dramatically reduced. Robot-Assisted Precision Irrigation systems reduce waste because they more accurately deliver the water. 

In the same vein, a fully autonomous drone developed by Ecorobotix uses a sophisticated camera system to target and then spray weeds. The added benefit is that the drone is powered by the sun, so that it can operate all day without having to stop for more fuel.

Then there are the robots from the team at Naio Technologies, which are able to not only weed and hoe, but also help during the harvest . Naio has a simple objective: “We want to provide all participants in the agriculture process with access to the latest technology, to help grow healthier, more abundant and environmentally friendly crops.”

Then there are robot tractors. Firstly, the name robot tractor is a bit of a misnomer, as it’s not the case that you’ll get an android to climb into the vehicle and drive off. In reality, robot tractors are autonomous vehicles that operate in the same way as automated cars, but more accurately, come under the bracket of Unmanned Vehicle Systems.