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How are robots used in Agriculture?

Autonomous robots in agriculture are used across a plethora of agriculture related tasks such as sowing, harvesting, monitoring soil conditions, applying fertilisers and pesticides, and herding livestock, with the outcome of enhanced efficiency and sustainability in farming practices.

How are robots used in Agriculture and the supply chain?

The integration of robotics into agriculture represents a significant leap forward in the modernisation of farming practices. With the advancement of technology, farm robots are increasingly being employed across various stages of the agricultural supply chain, from sowing and harvesting to processing. 

Robot use in agrifood ranges from livestock management and crop monitoring to greenhouse automation and harvesting. To provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse applications of robots in farming, let's explore ten notable examples of farm robotics that are driving innovation in the industry. 

10 Agriculture and farm robots you should know

1. LYRO Robotics  

Autonomous picking and packing  

LYRO Robotics tackles food waste and labour shortages in the supply chain with innovative picking and packing robots. Over 60% of food is wasted due to labour shortages, but LYRO's robots cut food loss by 75%. These autonomous robots streamline operations, freeing workers from tedious tasks and enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the food supply chain. 

 

Lyro robotics in use at a factory

2. Ripe Robotics 

Robotic fruit harvesters  

Ripe Robotics pioneers robotic fruit harvesters for apples and stone fruit,  enabling full automation. In early trials in Shepparton, Australia, their robot "Eve" picks apples, plums, peaches, and nectarines, assessing quality in real-time improving operations with AI and big data. 
 
3. SwarmFarm Robotics  

Autonomous precision agriculture systems 

SwarmFarm Robotics are pioneering integrated autonomy and robotics in agriculture, envisioning a future beyond traditional tractors. Their system employs swarms of autonomous platforms to create new farming practices that emphasise precision application. Their approach aims to significantly reduce herbicide usage and improve sustainability and environmental responsibility in agriculture.  

SwarmFarm tech in use on a tablet

4. Farmbot

Remote control water monitoring  

Farmbot introduces remote control capabilities for farmers, allowing them to manage and control their water assets remotely. Farmers are benefiting from near real-time updates on rainfall, water levels at tanks, troughs, dams and bores with the additional benefit of remotely turning a pump on/ off or taking a photo, all accessible from their phone or computer.. Their simple approach to remote resource management aids in reducing water wastage through real-time insights, saving money on labour and vehicle wear and tear but most importantly providing continual peace of mind. 
 
5. Nexus Robotics  

Autonomous weeding  

Nexus Robotics pioneers autonomous weeding with their advanced robot, blending real-time computer vision, AI algorithms, and robotics. Their technology promotes precision farming, reduces herbicide dependency, and fosters regenerative agriculture. The platform uses weeding data to develop decision support tools, empowering farmers with informed choices for sustainable practices.  
 
6. Wildlife Drones  

Livestock and wildlife radio-tracking drones  

Wildlife Drones offers a livestock radio-tracking drone system designed to locate radio-tagged animals. By attaching a radio-receiver payload to drones, users can monitor livestock activity and receive real-time data on the specific location of individually identified animals, aiding in animal management and research. 
 
7. MPT AgTech 

AI-powered precision seeding  

MPT AgTech specialises in AI-powered smart seeder technology. Their smart seeder features integrated sensors for precise control over seeding depth and rate in broadacre crops, operable in manual or automatic modes. This innovation optimises crop yields by ensuring uniform emergence, reducing fuel consumption, and promoting sustainable farming practices. 
 
8. XAG Australia 

Agricultural Drone Technology  

XAG Australia provides agricultural drones, robots, and IoT devices tailored for challenging, inaccessible terrain. Offering autonomous solutions, these tools empower farmers to manage fields with minimal manual labour, boosting efficiency and yield. Additionally, they aid in environmental protection by reducing pesticide use and carbon emissions. 
 
9. Carbon Robotics  

AI-powered Laser weeding  

Carbon Robotics pioneers AI-driven robotics, revolutionising industries with computer vision and deep learning. Their LaserWeeder, powered by AI, precisely identifies and eliminates weeds, reducing herbicide use and labour costs while promoting regenerative farming.  
 
10. Arugga 

Robotic pollination and plant monitoring  

Arugga specialises in ground robots tailored for greenhouse applications, focusing on individual plant treatment and monitoring. Their flagship robotic platform, Polly, integrates modules for pollination, plant maintenance, and pest detection. Arugga's groundbreaking pollination robots, now operational globally, mark a significant advancement in greenhouse technology, optimising plant care and productivity.

SwarmFarm Robotics in use on farm

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