A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots – The New York Times

The TerraSentia navigating under dense crop canopies while collecting data and making observations

“The idea is that robots can automate the phenotyping process and make these measurements more reliable,” Dr. Chowdhary said. In doing so, the TerraSentia and others like it can help optimize the yield of farms far beyond what humans alone have been able to accomplish.

Automation has always been a big part of agriculture, from the first seed drills to modern combine harvesters. Farm equipment is now regularly outfitted with sensors that use machine learning and robotics to identify weeds and calculate the amount of herbicide that needs to be sprayed, for instance, or to learn to detect and pick strawberries.

Source: A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots – The New York Times

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