Age of Automation | How robots are reshaping the agriculture sector

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There is no doubt that robots are rapidly changing agriculture and making a significant impact in the field of farming operations. As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more advanced and can efficiently carry out tasks conventionally undertaken by human beings, the potential for the technology within agricultural sector is huge.

Thanks to labor shortages and growing need to ensure food security for all, agri-robots are becoming common place for farmers.

Robotic Applications in Agriculture:

• Ag robots are increasingly being used to perform several different types of field operations, including detection of crops, fruits, removal of unwanted plants, spraying operations in order to control pests and disease. Nowadays, fully autonomous drones use complex camera system to target and spray weeds.

• Due to use of global positioning system (GPS) technology, coupled with geographic information system (GIS) tools, ag robots facilitate precision agriculture practices by gaining effective insights into their crops.

• Agriculture robots are especially useful for the careful monitoring of large areas of farmland, for example, to identify the most appropriate seeding prescriptions.

• This technology has also proven beneficial in obtaining an extensive overview of plant emergence and population, as more accurate data can not only help with replanting decisions but also thinning and pruning activity.

In short, robots are changing the face of agriculture at an unprecedented rate and as a result, transforming the traditional role of the farmer. Although it is still early days, the COVID-19 pandemic has, no doubt, quickened the implementation of this cutting-edge technology and will continue to do so.