A Kansas farmer is utilizing robots to assist weed and mow crop fields in an effort to eradicate chemical compounds from farming.
Clint Brauer, the founding father of Greenfield Robotics, created the robots with assist from engineers. They weed and mow crop rows.
“When their crop comes up, they usually should go in and spray chemical compounds, and they also spray them by way of the entire area,” Brauer mentioned. “These robots truly go and eradicate most of that want between the rows.”
That is Greenfield Robotics’ second 12 months with clients. Brauer mentioned final 12 months the robots labored 500 acres of land. This 12 months, they’re dealing with just a few thousand acres.
“I believe the sky is the restrict on the way in which expertise can be utilized in farming,” he mentioned.
Buyer and farmer Torrey Ball mentioned that is his second 12 months working with the robots. He mentioned they’ve improved immensely since final 12 months.
“I am not going to say they’re excellent but,” Ball mentioned. “However, if we will start to eradicate chemical compounds or reduce the usage of them and take that cash and spend on robots or another approach to assist management weeds, that sounds good.”
Brauer additionally helped handle Kansas Maze’s sunflower area this summer season. Proprietor Tonya Martisko mentioned the robots weeded the sphere and carved a path for her annual 5K race on the similar time.
“It is saved us a ton of time, manpower, which we simply had been missing on all of that this summer season,” Martisko mentioned.
The robots’ routes are pre-planned. Greenfield Robotics additionally units up a rig close to the fields the place individuals watch the robots and restore them in case of emergency.
“I am nonetheless a nervous wreck once I come out and watch this stuff taking place the rows, you recognize,” Brauer mentioned.
Brauer mentioned his firm has now partnered with MKC Cooperative. This implies, amongst different enhancements, the robots might journey to different states like Nebraska and Arkansas for work.
“I’d guess by subsequent 12 months, in the event that they improved by the quantity they did from final 12 months to this 12 months, after which to subsequent 12 months, I am guessing they’re going to be doing an excellent job,” Ball mentioned.
Farmers can contact Brauer by way of Greenfield Robotics web site, or clicking here. He mentioned the method of mapping eligible fields begins within the winter.