September 15, 2017
Ag robot now on the market
In August, the robot was demonstrated at the University of Illinois Agronomy Day and profiled on FarmWeekNow.com.
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Named TerraSentia, the robot rolls between rows counting plant populations and measuring other crop traits.
EarthSense Inc., an agrobiology engineering company, is taking preorders for the robot, which will be ready for the 2018 growing season and sells for $4,999.
TerraSentia comes equipped with two visual cameras, a tablet app and secure cloud software used to store data and teach the robot.
Currently, the robot counts plants and measures stem widths. However, work is under way to teach TerraSentia to measure corn ear height, leaf area index, early vigor and biomass and to identify diseases.
The compact four-wheeled robot weighs less than 15 pounds and measures 11 inches wide.