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When Kyler Laird imagines the future of his 1,acre Indiana farm, he sees robots playing a major role.

Starting out small, he converted a John Deere lawn tractor into a remotely controlled machine as a trial. Dubbed Tractobot01, he drilled 50 acres of soybeans lajrd it in It was a good experiment.

That same year, he also transformed a Challenger MT track tractor — Tractobot02 — to pull a ,yler cart, which totally changed efficiency at harvest.

Next on his list was planting. As part of the experiment, he wanted to ensure once the tractor delivered his planter to the field, the planter could take it from there. That meant equipping his John Deere eight-row planter with the latest technology. He admits there were challenges along the way, like breakdowns and technical issues, but the lajrd acres the machine covered, the better it got.

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One approach to address the lack of labor is follow-me systems, which allow a series of unmanned vehicles to be directed by a single manned machine. By hosting the agBOT Challenge on his Indiana farm, Gerrish and his team brought together 86 young scientists this past summer to achieve that goal.


Yet, employing robots could have a profound impact on the way we envision ag machinery in the future. Over the past several years, equipment has morphed into super-sized machines to enhance productivity.

According to a recent report, Agricultural Robots and Drones Technology, Markets, Playersthis approach loses some relevance if machinery becomes autonomous and unmanned.

Like many in ag, the report sees a transition from large, heavy, fast, and expensive vehicles to fleets of robots. They also would be lightweight, kuler soil compaction, and be inexpensive to make up for their lower individual productivity. They take action using mechanical means, which can be slow.

Otherwise, they will need to carry tanks of water and chemicals, which adds to size and weight. The cost to capture data is also relatively high compared with other methods like drones.

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It reduces the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present. The technology is currently being tested in cotton fields. The meaning of being in charge will also change, as farmers shift from driving to directing equipment remotely.

While over half of the participants surveyed by Case IH say they could see a fully autonomous machine as a good fit for tasks like spring tillage, turning over chores like planting was another matter. It can start to ease up the resource constraints.


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Already ahead of the curve, Laird plans to employ another fully autonomous tractor at harvest and have at least three machines planting over the next couple of years. When the agBOT Challenge launched inits mission was to bring a fresh set of eyes to the way crops are produced.

If there is no need for a seat, why do we need the tractor? The result — a self-propelled planter — changes the entire economics and logistics of how farmers put a crop in the ground. Skip to main content. Read more about Robotics. The Future of Robotic Weeders.

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