This professor wanted to make farming more sustainable so he started a company to build a fleet of smart robots
Small robots can give growers access to valuable data about crop health at a new level of precision and efficiency.
EarthSense, a company that develops ultracompact autonomous robots for crop breeders, agronomists, and growers, is the recipient of the second Edwin Moore Family Agriculture Innovation Prize.
By: Research Park at the University of Illinois
Researchers at the University developed robots to help farmers of the Midwest tend to their fields.
Farms are a hotbed for automation. Robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have been assisting in agriculture for years and 2017 showed they could farm an acre and a half of barley, from planting to tending and harvesting, without a human stepping foot on the field.
An agricultural robot that monitors crops under the plant-canopy level could facilitate crop scouting and help farmers to keep plant diseases or insect infestations from spreading. The robot – called TerraSentia – was developed at the University of Illinois and recently was featured at the Ag Innovation Showcase in St. Louis.
University of Illinois engineers developed technology to efficiently handle the uncomfortable, tedious work of crop scouting while enhancing critical information. Meet TERRA-MEPP, a small, boxy robot that excited visitors during U of I Agronomy Day.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have come up with a robot that can methodically wander fields and beam back stunningly perceptive crop reports. Weaving its way through a farm on a track system, the super-perceptive farmhand grabs detailed information on each and every plant it passes.
Meet Esther. She can get up with the chickens, work from dawn until dusk and will never require an IRS Form 1099. What she might one day do is continuously scout your crops and collect important growing data that can be used to make agronomic decisions.