April 13, 2021

CarbonRobotics400x275Carbon Robotics has unveiled its third-generation autonomous weed elimination robots. The Autonomous Weeder combines robotics, artificial intelligence and laser technology to safely and effectively drive through crop fields to identify, target, and eliminate weeds. 

Unlike other weeding technology, Carbon said its robots use high-power lasers to eradicate weeds through thermal energy without disturbing the soil. This allows farmers to use less herbicides and reduce labor to remove unwanted plants while improving the reliability and predictability of costs and crop yield.

“AI and deep learning technology are creating efficiencies across a variety of industries and we’re excited to apply it to agriculture,” said Paul Mikesell, founder and CEO of Carbon Robotics. “Farmers, and others in the global food supply chain, are innovating now more than ever 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.”

The technology is designed for row crops with 200 acres to tens of thousands of acres, the company said. A single robot will weed 15 to 20 acres per day, replacing several deployments of hand-weeding crews. Since its founding in 2018, the company has worked closely with farmers to develop its technology, supporting weed elimination for conventional and organic farmers, the company said. Robots have undergone beta testing on specialty crop farms, working on fields with a variety of crops, including broccoli and onions.

“This is one of the most innovative and valuable technologies that I’ve seen as a farmer,” said James Johnson of Carzalia Farm, who has used Carbon Robotics’ technology on his farm. “I expect the robots to go mainstream because of how effectively they address some of farming’s most critical issues, including the overuse of chemicals, process efficiency and labor. These robots work with a variety of crops, are autonomous and organic. The sky’s the limit.”

The company said its 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. It added it will explore new robot models and capabilities to help farmers improve efficiency and reliability across several farming tasks.

More details on the company and its technology are available at the Carbon Robotics website.

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