Robotics Changing the Agriculture Landscape
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Robotics Changing the Agriculture Landscape

By CIOReview | Friday, December 17, 2021
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Although robotics in agriculture is still in its initial stage, several start-ups across the United States are already reaping the benefits of integrating robotics into agriculture activities.

Fremont, CA: Robotics, with its AI technology, is infiltrating many aspects of society. While many farmers use artificial intelligence to cultivate, monitor and harvest their crops, robotics is still an underutilized and limited innovation. There are two major reasons why integrating robots into agriculture is difficult. To begin with, just a few farmers truly comprehend the mechanics of how this technology works. Second, the farming community is becoming increasingly concerned about how the advent of robotics may not only disrupt but also limit the opportunities.

The food and agriculture organization (FAO) of the United States has been trying to convince farmers about the innovation and specialized job opportunities that robotics will bring into agriculture. Several Agtech companies have held workshops in an attempt to educate the public about the benefits of robots in the field. AG 4.0 is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for individuals to learn, discover, and network with one another for accurate and profitable industry-wide solutions.

Harvesting robots for different crops

Among all the crops, the greenhouse sector has managed to pique the most interest in harvesting robotics. The decision to invest in them has been made by 34 percent of the growers. In greenhouses, robots could be used to their full potential since they provide steady and tailored settings for robotics machinery. Furthermore, greenhouses do not function on a seasonal basis, resulting in a higher number of permanent personnel and a higher possibility of using a robotic harvester all year. 66 percent of producers are hesitant to invest in robotics because they believe their farms are small enough to be managed by human harvesters.

Other sectors where harvesting robots can be used in agriculture are Vegetables and fruits.Thirty percent of vegetable growers have expressed an interest in purchasing harvesting robots, which is slightly higher than the national average. One reason is that vegetable growers have a more stable workforce than other field crops, with permanent staff accounting for 40 percent of vegetable farms. Robotics would not only save money on labor, but it would also improve the quality of the harvest.

Fruit-specific harvesting solutions, according to 27 percent of fruit growers who have expressed interest in this technology, could aid in picking the best fruit without it being harmed. Fruits are among the most delicate produce, so they must remain appealing and free of blemishes all the way to the grocery store. It might be conceivable with the advent of robotics in fruit plantations.