Driverless, robotic tractors

Driverless tractors are here. Robotics and guidance have met out back of the barn, and across the globe tractors without operators are being birthed. No longer part of imagination, they are a reality that many producers could get behind, or even in front of, with confidence. The North American Great Plains, Western Australia and the […] Read more

Trimble debuts autonomous machine

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Autonomous tractors attract farmers like flies to … well, you know. Not only do farmers like tractors, but they like work that is done reliably and repeatedly, something that is not always available in the labour market. “And when it is dangerous, dirty or dull, that is when autonomous ma-chines really […] Read more

Firm sees small robots solving labour shortage

HERNING, Denmark — A small farm tool robotics platform carries the promise of robots in the field sooner rather than later. Called Robotti, the theory is that many light hands can make the work lighter and cover the acres. Robotics and innovative technology are emerging as key players in the global effort to improve agriculture […] Read more

Robot seeder nets Sask. engineer third in competition

ODESSA, Sask. — Engineer Nathan Muchowski expects robots to be seeding for farmers within the next five years. He built a prototype to test his theory that won third place in the 2016 agBOT Challenge in Rockville, Indiana. The idea for an unmanned seeder had been on the 26-year-old’s mind for several years, so when […] Read more

VIDEO: Field robots: their time is near

BOONE, Iowa — Look ma, no hands! Or cab. While the ability to run farm equipment operator-free has been around for years, Case IH and New Holland are making a move to make it a reality on the farm. Jim Walker runs Case IH in North America and said his company wanted to get farmer […] Read more

VIDEO: Manitoba farmer uses robot tractor for harvest

Coming when it’s called, an operator-less tractor and grain cart transit a Manitoba field, pull in beside the rolling combine, and farmer Matt Reimer unloads his grain on-the-go. Reimer touches the screen on a laptop application he created; the tractor then pulls to the left and stops, waiting to be called again. “This will save […] Read more