Autonomous Agriculture Technology is Here. Will it be Adopted and Make a Difference?

Will the amazing agriculture supply chain be powered to a meaningful extent by autonomous equipment technology?

Autonomous equipment, sometimes electric, has the potential to improve sustainability, solve labor shortages and increase the efficiency of the global agriculture and produce supply chain. Today, farmers and growers are actively testing and deploying globally supplied, artificial-intelligence-based autonomous equipment for growing and harvesting.

Here are seven examples.

Monarch Tractor

Hopville Farms is using autonomous electric tractor technology for blueberry production in Oregon.

Jim Hoffman, Managing Partner of Hopville Farms in Independence, Oregon explained in a July press release: “We’re eager to implement Monarch’s technology into our operation as its autonomous capabilities will help improve labor productivity, while electrification will reduce our carbon footprint.”

Photo: Monarch Tractor Facebook.
Continue reading