On-field robots

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 25 October 2023 08:44

Description of the innovative solution

Artificial intelligence Big data Online services Sensors Agricultural extension Agricultural development

Robots can be used for a range of agricultural activities in the field. This includes crop and animal sensing, input application, weeding, drilling, and harvesting. Automated systems for on-field agricultural activities have the potential to improve agricultural yield and productivity, while reducing fertiliser and pesticide use, as well as water loss and soil compaction, however the level of benefit will be context specific. Some of these technologies are already widely used, while others are still in development or theoretical. Precision farming, which uses varying levels of automation, already allows more accurately sowing of crops, more efficient harvesting, and use less water, pesticide, and fertiliser to achieve the same or even greater agricultural yield. Improvements in precision farming technology through increased automation could further increase productivity. However, full automation of agriculture activities is currently hampered by the dynamic and unstructured environment of field farming and will require further research to overcome.

Supply chain segment

Agricultural inputs and primary production practices

Maturity level

Moving to scale


Food safety Increasing agrobiodiversity

SDG target

SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 14: Life Below Water SDG 15: Life on Land


Urban Peri-urban Rural Marine/Coastal

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Five Roles of Agricultural Robots
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Spotlights on five potential uses for on-farm robots including organizations currently developing said technology.
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