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René Koerhuis

04/01/2017

René Koerhuis

The market for agricultural robots is developing at a rapid pace, with a large number of established and startup agricultural technology companies developing, piloting, and launching an innovative range of robotic systems to tackle a wide variety of tasks, according to a new research report published by Tractica. Key application areas for agricultural robots include driverless tractors, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), material management, field crops and forest management, soil management, dairy management, and animal management, with a diverse set of subcategories emerging within each of those areas.

According to the report from Tractica, developed in collaboration with The Robot Report, shipments of agricultural robots will increase significantly in the years ahead, rising from 32,000 units in 2016 to 594,000 units annually in 2024, by which time the market is expected to reach $74.1 billion in annual revenue.

“The rising demand for agricultural robots is being driven by a number of factors including global population growth, increasing strain on the food supply, declining availability of farm workers, the challenges, costs, and complexities of farm labor, changing farmlands, climate change, the growth of indoor farming, and the broader automation of the agriculture industry,” says Tractica research analyst Manoj Sahi.

“Robotics companies are keenly focused on the agricultural market opportunity,” adds Frank Tobe, editor and publisher of The Robot Report. “Our research identified and profiled more than 150 industry participants who are developing and launching robotic systems to address the need for more automation to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and address labor concerns against the backdrop of a rapidly changing agriculture market and technology environment.”

René Koerhuis

26/08/2014

René Koerhuis

While the first event specifically focused on UAVs or drones for agriculture has already taken place in the USA, the number of drones on display at Holland’s largest agricultural event AgroTechniek Holland (ATH) will be limited. 

UX5 droneOf course there are many enthusiastic (arable) farmers who are already scanning fields with their own drone, but in contrast to countries like Germany and France, the offering of drones and drone services for agriculture in the Netherlands still is limited. There are nevertheless several companies that are active in this area, some for over 20 years, but they are hesitant regarding entering the Dutch agricultural market. Firstly, because of the small scale in comparison with other countries and because transcending project and funding stages commercially not always pay off. Another aspect that continuously keeps coming back is the gap, or rather pitfall between the collection of data, its interpretation and translation into concrete measures. 

René Koerhuis

06/06/2014

René Koerhuis

Precision farming in Europe took off about 20 years ago. The GPS and sensor aided technique in principle offers huge potential to improve efficiency and precision with respect for our environment. Nevertheless, the impossibilities seem to prevent a real breakthrough. 

IMG_3579As from the beginning, the main focus has been on technology. Technology that, if you take a close look, hasn’t changed that much over the past decades. Of course we now use centimetre precision and autopilot steering systems, but the problems still are interpretation and translation of the collected data. How can you relate lower yields to soil conditions or nutrient deficits, or both?