This report offers insight, analysis, and industry news  on the convergence of agribotics, smart farming, Farming 4.0, and the Internet of Things in agriculture.

From 7 billion people to 9 billion by 2050!

Three grand challenges face a rapidly-growing world population: decreasing resource availability, increasing demand for nutritionally-sound, globally relevant diets, and the increasing fragility of the global distribution system.

We need to produce 25% more food from the same amount of acreage to feed all 9 billion of us. Can robots, automation and digital farming mitigate the food burden looming on the horizon?

What’s field robotics up to? What technologies are headed toward our farms, fields and orchards today and tomorrow.

It’s an industry on the grow with new tech alliances, fascinating robotics, and new-age farming techniques. It’s an industry also drawing lots of investment interest…and money!

Table of Contents

Introduction

Investment Landscape

Funding picture

Challenges

Patience is a virtue

Auto-steering & Autonomous Vehicles

300,000 already equipped!

Benefits & drivers

Challenges

Kinze

Autonomous Tractor Corporation

Case IH Agriculture

Important benefits not purely economic

Challenges

Leading players

Agribotics and “Fruit Pickin’ Good”

Interview with Gad Kober

Drones: Farmer’s Best Friend

Challenges

Agribotix

Encouraging regulatory environment

PrecisionHawk

Vertical Farms

Lettuce growing on the second floor?

Green Sense Farms

Challenges

AeroFarms

Google ‘Ex’

Spread

Others of note

Bosch’s “weed-killing”robot

As IEEE Spectrum chimes in
SwagBot

Vinbot Rover

GARotics

MARS

The Bandit

Panasonic’s tomato-harvesting robot

Precision agriculture and IoT

IoT drivers

IoT Challenges

Conclusion

 

 

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