We first introduced this autonomous robot to our customers in May this year but with such growing interest we felt compelled to highlight the benefits again as we know key buying decisions are being taken now for next season and this is definitely a money saving gem!
FarmDroid is the world’s first fully automatic robot that both seeds and mechanically weeds. Powered by solar panels, this highly innovative machine is CO2 neutral and offers zero energy costs.
Using a GPS signal, FarmDroid records the exact position of seed placement so that on subsequent visits to the field it can instantly identify what’s a weed and what is not. Unlike other field robots, FarmDroid doesn’t need banks of high-definition cameras and complex computers to identify and target weeds. As soon as it identifies a weed the FarmDroid performs mechanical weed control, and because it can weed everything not required – even before the crop germinates – it minimises or completely eliminates the need for manual weed control. You don’t need to monitor FarmDroid either – just leave it to get on with the job. What’s more its light weight means it won’t destroy the soil’s microstructure.
FarmDroid’s four solar panels power a battery pack which can deliver up to 24 hours of daily CO2-neutral operation. And carrying its own power source, the FarmDroid FD20 can work in the field throughout the entire season. Combined with the savings in herbicides, fuel, labour and machinery costs (depreciation, maintenance, tyres, capital tied up, etc.) – the financial argument for FarmDroid is a strong one, especially as the purchase price and ongoing running costs are a fraction of those associated with the traditional machinery used to do the job.
T H WHITE can also help you explore the possibilities of obtaining grant funding to assist with the purchase of this remarkable seeding and weeding machine. Seeing is believing, as they say, so talk to your T H WHITE Agriculture rep if you would like to see FarmDroid in action. Your eyes will be truly opened!