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.