John Deere unveiled electric tractor innovations in late 2018 and its partnership with GridCON. The company introduced a fully autonomous, corded electric model — the cord cuts down on the expense of batteries. Autonomous Tractors Are Only The Beginning Of Off-Highway Self-Driving

Farmers stretch as the sun rises, ready for another day of work. Unlike their peers around the world, however, these farmers aren’t heading out immediately to their barns or fields. Instead, they pick up their tablets. They click through a few icons. A couple of taps and swipes later, they’ve accessed the robotic technology they need for autonomous control of their large scale field equipment. They examine data and adjust their farm’s 24-hour, round-the-clock operations while their autonomous tractors move methodically, out of sight of the homestead.

Autonomous tractors are part of new technologies that can increase productivity and efficiencies, bringing higher yields. A1-powered agricultural intelligence platforms can draw upon sophisticated computer vision, data science, and deep learning algorithms to enable farmers to make informed decisions.

Autonomy in agriculture through AI can lead to detecting early symptoms of uneven emergence, weeds, nutrient deficiencies, disease or insect infestations, water damage, or equipment issues.

Sam Bradford, a farm manager at Arcturus Downs in Australia’s Queensland state, told Bloomberg how he switched from a 120-foot wide, 16-ton spraying machine that “looks like a massive praying mantis.” Instead of blanketing the field in chemicals, now he uses 4 robots, each about the size of a truck, to kill weeds. They’re more precise, as they’re able […]

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