Technology has automated the simplest task in agriculture — driving a tractor. But it hasn’t just replicated the ability of a human, it has improved the quality of the work and increased the productivity resulting from the task. So farmers are looking for even more progress. Why isn’t it here yet?
The challenge for autonomous implements or robots is that every other task and decision in agriculture is infinitely more complex than driving a tractor, and growers want simple solutions that make their lives easier and their farms more profitable, says Gabe Sibley, Founder and CEO of Verdant Robotics.