Weeding Robots: Could AI Replace Herbicide?

A piece of farm machinery works in a field with AI written over it

Vehicles are going autonomous, so why not weeding machines? Weeding robots are real, and some farms have already put them to use. These autonomous weed killers should reduce labor costs for farms, many of which are experiencing labor shortages. Robots could also be important in reducing the use of harmful chemicals in agriculture. What Are Weeding Robots? A robot weeder is exactly what it sounds like: a machine that does the work of removing or killing weeds. It is an autonomous vehicle that moves through fields selectively eliminating weeds. Types of Weeding Robots There are several ways a robot can deal with weeds. Types of weeders are based on how they destroy the weeds and by the crops they are designed to work around. The Costs of a Weed-Killing Robot According to research, human labor often makes up more than 50% of a farm’s costs. Initially, at least, it will […]

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