From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards “agriculture 4.0”


At last November’s IoT World Europe conference in Dublin, Richard Johnson, director of product marketing at John Deere, described modern agriculture as “agriculture 4.0.”

Harvesters are already (to a certain extent) semi-autonomous, while in dairy farming the process has become substantially computer-driven.

Right now, John Deere’s focus on IoT remains within the area of guidance, such as devices like AutoTrac Vision cameras, which align a crop sprayer with rows of crops to prevent any getting crushed and harming a farmer’s revenues.

The next big step is connecting machines, connecting fields and connecting operators. For example, one or two forager machines on a field operated by humans could be the focal point for an entire fleet of 10 tractors, turning the farmer into a robot foreman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From farm to robot to fork: How IoT is moving us towards ‘agriculture 4.0’

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