“Do more with less” is what John Deere‘s speakers are emphasizing at the John Deere Tech Summit in Austin, and that is exactly what their new electric robots can do by being able to plant 6,600 seeds in 3 seconds. Using the new smart tech of ExactShot, the electric robots and fertilizing tech that get hooked up to John Deere tractors are able to fast-track the planting cycle and process at an incredible rate.
With the smart tech of ExactShot, the 54 56v modular electric robots and sensors will register each seed to go into the soil. While all this is happening, an electric robot will spray the exact amount of fertilizer needed directly onto the seed as it goes into the ground. For accuracy, the system pressure is calculated from dose, travel speed, and even up the nozzle’s input.
To add efficiency, ExactShot’s electric robots also have a vacuum system that will allow the seeds to be pulled in while the travel speed of the vehicle and the brush helps in creating a dead drop to where the seeds should exactly go. Overall, this will allow farms to sow their crop and plants all at the same rate.
The ExactShot electric robots also help farmers reduce the amount of starter fertilizer they would normally use and decrease the amount of water runoff. With the ability to precisely spray the amount of fertilizer needed on the seed while being planted, farmers are able to reduce their continuous flow usage of fertilizer by 60%.
Should farmers come across malfunctions and problems with the electric robots and tech, there is an electrified smart system that is modular enough for individual robots and parts to be replaced. Nancy Post, the VP of embedded software and solutions, also states that ExactShot has real-time fault detection.
With the global population expected to rapidly grow to nearly 10 billion by 2050, farmers need to prepare themselves for the increased demand for crops. Add in other factors such as labor shortages and climate change, ExactShot’s electric robots can truly help farmers with efficient and sustainable agriculture in the long run.
We wonder what other new robotic developments are there in the making that can help humans with our daily tasks and jobs.