Are Robots the Future of Farming Efficiency?
Deepfield Robotics, a Bosch startup, developed the robot called Bonirob, which is the size of a compact car.
The agriculture robot can monitor new crop varieties’ growth, their resistance to pests and how much fertilizer and water they need. Currently, plant scientists in a laboratory have to do these time-intensive tasks manually.
Bonirob also improves efficiency of day-to-day work in the fields. It can distinguish between crops and weeds based on the shape of their leaves and eliminates weeds manually, which means farmers don’t have to use toxic chemicals to kill weeks.
Farming Life says more efficient plant breeding is expected to play a major role in increasing agricultural output in the near future: yields must increase by 3 percent each year to keep up with population growth. The farming robot can help with this, Professor Amos Albert, general manager of Deepfield Robotics, tells the publication: “Over time, based on parameters such as leaf color, shape and size, Bonirob learns how to differentiate more and more accurately between the plants we want and the plants we don’t want.”
Oil operators are also turning to robots as they attempt to streamline drilling operations, cut down non-productive time and shave costs, according to a Lux Research report published earlier this month.