Monash University researchers have published the first-ever analysis of the ethical and policy issues raised by the use of robots in agriculture.
Mechanical weeders fell out of use when targeted herbicides arrived, but with the build-up of undesirable ground chemicals, the robots are set to make a comeback. Mechanical weeding has obvious appeal for organic farmers, they deliver a safer weed control method. But in addition, as herbicides are becoming less effective, mainstream growers are also looking […]
Miimo uses a microcomputer, timer and sensors to provide automated, unattended grass cutting. Honda’s battery-powered robotic mower delivers quiet operation, recharges quickly, and offers three different programed cutting patterns. Miimo is available in two models: the HRM 310 and HRM 520. Both models operate within a boundary wire — installed by Honda Power Equipment dealers, […]
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, opened Australia’s first horticultural robotics learning and development hub at the University of Sydney. Source: AFDJ eNews Located within the University’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR), Senator Ruston said the Horticulture Innovation Centre for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (HICRIS) would become a hub for […]
With the MARS research project AGCO/Fendt has developed small robot units that with the assistance of a cloud-based solution, can be controlled independent of location during sowing operations. Source: AFDJ eNews The research project MARS (Mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms), studies satellite supported sowing of maize by field robots. Sowing operations can be planned and monitored at any time […]
A world-first robot designed to work with others to spray crops in swarms, and ultimately help to fill the rural labour shortage, has been launched in central Queensland. Source: ABC News Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman, who joined SwarmFarm Robotics following last year’s election loss, attended the launch at a farm in Emerald, along with 300 people. The autonomous […]
Researchers at Massey University in New Zealand have invented a prototype robot designed to perform several different tasks on farms, orchards and vineyards. Source: Radio New Zealand The robot’s design was a collaboration between Massey’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology and the Centre for Precision Agriculture. A project leader, Professor Ian Yule, said the idea was to […]
Today, Lely calculates that more than a million cows around the world are milked unassisted by Astronaut robots and many more are similarly milked by systems from DeLaval, Fullwood, GEA and SAC of Denmark. Source: Farmers Weekly UK These manufacturers anticipate that by 2025, half of all dairy cows in north-west Europe will be milked by robotic […]