Carbon Robotics introduces third-generation autonomous weeder


Carbon Robotics, an autonomous robotics company, unveiled its third-generation autonomous weed elimination robots earlier this month. The Autonomous Weeder leverages robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and laser technology to drive through crop fields to identify, target and eliminate weeds.

The robots utilize high-power lasers to eradicate weeds through thermal energy, without disturbing the soil. The automated robots allow farmers to use less herbicides and reduce labour to remove unwanted plants while improving the reliability and predictability of costs, crop yield and more.
According to Carbon Robotics CEO and Founder, Paul Mikesell, farmers and others in the global food supply chain are innovating to keep the world fed. “Our goal at Carbon Robotics is to create tools that address their most challenging problems, including weed management and elimination,” he noted
The company states the robot’s lasers leave the soil microbiology undisturbed, and decreases the need for herbicides and soil disruption. As well, the robots reduce labour costs.
Since its founding in 2018, the company – based in Seattle, Washington (U.S.) – has worked with farmers to develop its technology, which is designed for row crops with 200 acres to tens of thousands of acres. A single robot will weed 15-20 acres per day. The robots have undergone beta testing on specialty crops farms, working on fields with a variety of crops, including broccoli and onions.
Carbon Robotics’ 2021 models have already sold out, but new models for the 2022 growing season are available for pre-order. The company offers a leasing option, which makes the robots more accessible to smaller farms with less acreage. 


New AG International November/December 2020


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