The Benefits Of Robotics In Agriculture

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Feeding the world, a feat that has never been fully completed. What is the opposing force that keeps this goal from completion? If food is produced worldwide and locally, with the utmost efficiency, distribution would be the only opposing force. The chapter on agriculture involving the farmer is closing, and a new chapter in autonomous robots is beginning. Robotics has made a quake in agriculture, and farmers have become aware of the benefits resulting from autonomous robots. From vehicle guidance to automated deweeding, soon there will be nothing left for the farmer, replacing the dirty, dull, and dangerous work. Within itself, autonomous robotics is paving a path to mankind’s future. The integration of technology into all applications of …show more content…
The UN predicts the world 's population to rise from 7.5 billion to 9.7 billion by 2050. The market for organic food has also risen by almost eight percent in Europe alone. The organic movement pushes farmers to use less pesticides, and less water in production. It is essential to survival that production in agriculture reaches higher quality while achieving sustainability. Precision in agriculture results in improved production yield and the preservation of resources. Automation implemented into every possible task on a farm, significantly raises the level of overall precision. Tasks done by autonomous robots: harvesting, sorting, seeding, sorting, packing, spraying, thinning, weeding, pruning, data collection, and anything imaginable. Farmland livestock handling and processing has also been revolutionized by robotics. Milking of cows and other animals has become an automated process. Animals can be sorted by automated gate mechanisms, allowing the sorting of sheep from goats. Agriculture, experiences substantial positive impacts as a direct result of the growth in awareness by the farmer to modern technology and computing power. Accepting and implementing new technology is key to growth. Data from harvesting is no longer simply taken, but is logged and related to theoretical yields taken from precision maps and analysis. Operations once simply mechanized have been automated and synchronized. Digitally controlled valves …show more content…
Multitudes of robots have been designed for the multitude of jobs. Mowing large fields is a dull job that can easily be automated. The Spirit is a fully autonomous tractor designed to mow, dry, and bale hay all in one pass. The future is ever increasingly expensive, the Spirit however is designed to cost half of what traditional tractors cost, and can easily be transported. The Hortibot was designed to be the ultimate autonomous weed removing robot. Using a newly designed row detection system the Hortibot can distinguish 25 different kinds of weeds, eliminating these weeds is achieved with a weed-removing attachment. Reducing weeds in this way also reduces the need for herbicide, testing shows a reduction of seventy five percent. Focusing on increasing productivity at a per unit basis, the Prospero is the working prototype of an AMP, or autonomous micro planter. Controlled by a propellor chip called parallax, Prospero is able to autonomously navigate in any direction. Similar to a robotic spider in design, Prospero uses dual ultrasonic ping to avoid obstacles, without even turning the body of itself. Sensors on the bottom communicate to tell Prospero if a seed has been properly planted, if not planted properly Prospero will unearth and plant a new seed with fertilizer and herbicides if needed. Prospero is not a single autonomous robot, but part of a group of hive minded autonomous robots. Deployed in

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