Top 10 AI and Robotics Companies Transforming Agriculture Sector

by July 20, 2019 0 comments

Agriculture is considered to be as foundation of the economy while being a significant industry generating revenue and products. The emergence of technology worldwide has ventured in to this sector as well, for efficient outcomes. The application of AI, automation and robotics provide farmers with better understanding of crops production.

More and more established and state of the art companies are gambling around with latest technologies to avail sustainable options to farmers. Therefore, we present you with top 10 companies employing artificial intelligence, robotics and automation technology to yield better crops and business outcomes.

 

Blue River Technology

Specialises in Weed Control

Companies like Blue River Technology are using automation and robotics to discover efficient ways in order to protect crops from weeds. The company has developed See & Spray robot which leverages computer vision to monitor and spray weed on cotton plants precisely. Spraying with precision can be helpful in preventing herbicide resistance. Reportedly, the company claims that’s its precision technology eliminates around 80 percent of volume of chemicals sprayed on crops and is also helpful in reducing herbicide expenditure by 90 percent.

 

Harvest CROO Robotics

Specialises in Crop Harvesting

Harvest CROO Robotics  is a company that developed a robot to assist strawberry farmers pick and pack their crops. Due to lack of labourers, millions of dollars’ revenue has loss has been reported key farming regions of US including California and Arizona. The company claims that its robot is capable of harvesting 8 acres in a single day and replace 30 human laborers.

 

PEAT

Specialises in Machine Vision for Diagnosing Pests / Soil Defects

PEAT is a Berlin-based technology startup which created deep learning for identifying potential defects and nutrient deficiencies in soil. The Deep Learning-empowered image recognition application is termed as Plantix. It detects possible defects through images and provides users with soil restoration techniques, tips and other significant solutions. PEAT claims that Plantix can quickly achieve pattern detection with approximately 95 percent accuracy.

 

Trace Genomics

Specialises in Machine Learning for Diagnosing Soil Defects

Trace Genomics is a California-based company that provides soil analysis to farmers. With the help of its lead investor Illumina, the company developed a system that provides clients with a sense of their soil’s strengths and weaknesses using machine learning. The analysis emphasises on prevention form defective crops and optimizing the potential production a healthy crop.

 

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc.

Specialises in Drones and Computer Vision for Crop Analysis

SkySquirrel Technologies Inc. brings drone technology to vineyards. It aims to help farmers improve their crop yield and to reduce costs. Also users can pre-program the drone’s route and the device can further apply computer vision to record images for future use. SkySquirrel employs algorithms in order to integrate and analyze the captured images and data. Consequently, it will provide a detailed report on the health of the vineyard.

After a successful joint venture, in January of 2018 SkySquirrel Technologies and VineView Scientific Aerial Imaging Inc. merged to form VineView.

 

aWhere

Specialises in Satellites for Weather Prediction and Crop Sustainability

The Colorado-based company aWhere employs ML algorithms along with satellites to predict weather, analyze crop sustainability and evaluate farms to detect presence of diseases and pests. aWhere provides its customers with access to more than a billion points of agronomic data regularly. The data sources ranges from temperature to precipitation, wind speed to solar radiation and significant others.

 

FarmShots

Specialises in Satellites for Monitoring Crop Health and Sustainability

FarmShots is a startup which focuses on analyzing agricultural data derived from images captured by satellites and drones. The company is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. In particular, FarmShots has goals to detect diseases, pests, and poor plant nutrition on farms.

 

Abundant Robotics

Specialises in Apple Harvesting Technology

With a mission of delivering robotic systems for the hardest jobs in agriculture the Abundant Robotics team has broken new ground in a variety of domains. Although the company majorly focuses on apple harvesting, for last two years it has been focused on hard problems in agriculture and rolling out products based on their successful research. Abundant Robotics’ first product was apple picking machine.

 

Ibex Automation

Specialises in Agricultural Robot Systems

The Wortley, United Kingdom-based company develops autonomous agricultural robot systems for farmers. Ibex Automation system also includes an autonomous precision weed detection and spraying system that could be used in grassland. Ibex Automation Ltd was developed from an InnovateUK project which prototyped this technology.

 

Hortau Inc

Specialises in Web-Based Irrigation Management System

Hortau, an industry leader in wireless, web-based irrigation management systems since 2002, was founded in by two agriculturally minded entrepreneurs, Dr. Jean Caron, agronomist, Ph.D. in Soil Physics, and Jocelyn Boudreau, agricultural engineer, M.Sc. in Soil Physics. The company’s patented, irrigation management solutions enables growers detect plant stress in real time, ensuring optimal crop growth also reduce water and energy consumption, as well as environmental impact.

Agriculture is considered to be as foundation of the economy while being a significant industry generating revenue and products. The emergence of technology worldwide has ventured in to this sector as well, for efficient outcomes. The application of AI, automation and robotics provide farmers with better understanding of crops production.

More and more established and state of the art companies are gambling around with latest technologies to avail sustainable options to farmers. Therefore, we present you with top 10 companies employing artificial intelligence, robotics and automation technology to yield better crops and business outcomes.

 

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