Ag Robot Speeds Data Collection
A new lightweight, low-cost agricultural robot could transform data collection and field scouting for agronomists, seed companies and farmers.
Traveling autonomously between crop rows, the robot measures the traits of individual plants using a variety of sensors, including cameras, transmitting the data in real time to an operator’s phone or laptop computer. A custom app and tablet computer that come with the robot enable the operator to steer the robot using virtual reality and GPS.
The robot can be trained to detect and identify common diseases, as well measure growth, leaf area and biomass. Data collected by the robot could help breeders identify lineages, likely to produce the best quality and highest yields in specific locations.