Agricultural robots background info (that you should know)

Introduction

Agriculture robots do exist in different shapes, with different technologies and for different reasons. Firstly, this page is giving an overview on the background of agriculture robots. Secondly, this page provides more information on the different ways to look at the specifications. And finally, at the bottom of the page there is a reference to a movie that may inspire the way how to put agriculture robots into play on a more sustainable way. 

Evolution from tractor trobot

A unique video shot, but what we will see more in the future: The tractor next to the robot in the field. 

On this picture, more that 60 years of 'tractor' are capture. What is the dominant factor? For which specific task will we see change to robots?

Field impact and key drivers of robots

Executing work by robots is ongoing on many places. Simply think of a biscuit that you eat, 99% sure it's made by machines. Technical evolution and radical innovations are enabling robot development for agriculture. The key drivers for agriculture robots are: 

  1. Reduction of use of chemicals 

  2. Save labour costs

  3. Reduce soil compaction 

Soil compaction due to not using robots
Crop protection by chemicals,  instead of agriculture robots

How to compare robot specifications?

There are many agriculture robots popping up. Comparing all the different robots does not really make sense. So how to approach it? Determine the characteristics that are important for you. You can do that by using the categories of robots that are mentioned on the top of the homepage, or in a more abstract way as shown in this article.  

12 agriculture robots to compare specifications

Kiss the ground: Inspiration for robots

This movie is a great inspiration to understand some basics about why and how to treat the soil well. This movie shows two main drivers: 

  1. The solution for global warming

  2. Economical improvement for farmer

Kiss the ground is a movie that shows the possibilities by impressive results from various projects around the world. And because it's making the effect of taking care of the soil, tillage and soil compaction extremely visible, at least it can be an inspiration to reflect on the way of farming and treating the ground in your area.