Get the most out of Ro­bot­ics Business Review!

This is an article excerpt. Please register to view the entire article.
Learn more about membership benefits and start your membership today!

Agribot Technologies are Rapidly Advancing
Automated tractor
: Photo courtesy Flanders Mechatronics Technology Centre
Analyzing the type of terrain and the tractor, the system estimates the best possible speed and turning radius.
As qualified farm labor becomes more difficult to find, robotics solutions become more attractive.
By Emmet Cole

On the positive side, farms are getting larger as the sector consolidates. In 1992, for example, 62,000 U.S. farms accounted for 50 percent of sales of agricultural products. By 1997, 46,000 farms accounted for 50 percent of sales –a positive indicator for adoption of new technologies, since large-scale agriculture requires machines to seed, irrigate, cultivate, and harvest very large areas of terrain.

Companies need to understand that farmers are some of the “biggest gamblers on the planet,” says Kinze’s van Herle, but having already invested heavily in a risky and unforgiving business, they seek to minimize their exposure at every opportunity.

“Farmers are enormous risk takers. The risk is always going to be the weather: how much sunshine, how much rain, how many storms at the wrong time of the year and so on.’

This is a preview article. Please register to view the entire article.

Get started
Create your membership.
Already a member?

Leo Baryudin

Want to learn more about our membership options? Give me a call.

Leo Baryudin, Robotics Membership Manager
508-663-1500, x 235 ·

No comments yet. Be the first to post a comment.



View comment guidelines

Remember me

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Special Focus: Robots and the Law

Special Focus: 3D Printing
3D Printing

The new reality of customizable, one-off production:
Additive Manufacturing (AM). Where it’s going, why and what’s
driving its emergence.

3D Printing Adds Advanced Polymers for Demanding Apps

3D Printing: Inside Look at Software and IP Plays

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Ends Early
More in 3D Printing

RoboBusiness Europe Is Reborn in Denmark

In Their Own Words: 10 Women Talk About the Future of Robotics

Is Robotic Welding ‘Inevitable’?

Healthcare Robotics 2015-2020: Trends, Opportunities & Challenges

Conducting R&D with Government Funding