Areas for ecological agriculture rise year by year and simultaneously the focus on reducing pesticides in conventional farming increases. Therefore, there is a continuously increasing focus on and need for mechanical weed control in agriculture.
FarmDroid FD20 is developed with a focus on automatizing mechanical weed control between the rows and in the row itself. This is, in ecological agriculture, most often done through tiring and costly manual labor. The labor costs per hectare are large, the work is exhausting, and a general lack of manual work force in agriculture makes it difficult for farmers to produce economically sustainable crops.
How it works
FarmDroid FD20 performs fully automatic sowing and weeding of crops – both between rows and in the row itself. From the sowing process, FD20 knows the position of every seed and therefore knows where it subsequently must clean – and just as importantly: where not to clean. It operates fully automatically and does not need monitoring. FarmDroid FD20 stops by itself and sends an SMS message to the farmer in case of any stops or deviations, and this ensures the farmer that the work is done correctly.
Setup of the robot is simple:
- At setup, the field’s corner points are marked. Any possible obstacles such as trees, power poles etc. are also marked.
- Choose the desired number of headlands.
- Choose sowing distance (distance between the crops in the row) and set the sowing depth.
- Press ”START”.