Agriculture has been moving towards more innovative solutions that help farmers to reduce costs and optimize their operating processes. Innovations such as robotics, digitalization, and automation have significantly advanced in the past years and address the increased food demand, labor shortages, and the need for sustainable processes in the sector.
The main goal of digitalization and robotization in agriculture is increasing productivity and profitability by minimizing resource use, also referred to as Precision Agriculture. It also tackles the current problem of labor shortages in agriculture, caused by economic conditions, as utilizing these new production methods makes manpower less needed for certain tasks.
“The presence and use of technology within the Food & Ag segment is already well embedded and continuing to grow and expand. It’s a large segment, and we, at DLL, analyze the types of assets and customers that we are going to focus on; however, it is of ever-growing importance.” said DLL head of New Business Development, James Ferguson. Many agricultural needs are addressed by technology, and intelligent systems such as precision sensors, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things bring this process to a higher level. “Whether it’s GPS, AI, data, drones, or robotics, it’s a segment that will further become an integral part of our everyday working and personal lives. Our Food and Agriculture business unit wants to stay close to these trends and identify today what could be the opportunity for tomorrow.”
Revolutionizing Ag: The Advancements and Advantages of Robotization and AI
Robotization and AI in agriculture includes software/digital platforms for data-driven crop support, autonomous cultivation, drones, and various types of robots for harvesting and sorting. A robot equipped with AI software can learn from mistakes and thus increase performance. Techniques commonly found in agriculture robotics include crop support software, automatic guided vehicles (AGV), grippers, and vision and sensing techniques.
Farmers around the world face similar challenges like optimizing harvests, difficulties in the area of sustainability, and reducing costs, for which robots and AI can provide part of the solution. Robotization has already appeared in agriculture. It has many advantages like dealing with pests easier and more precisely, harvesting crops at a faster pace and volume than humans do, and taking into account many variables like market demand, that are hard for farmers to monitor simultaneously without the use of technology.