Robotic weeding may be the way of the future

The future of weeding is here, and it comes in the form of a robot.

The growing popularity of robotic weeders for specialty crops has grown partly out of necessity, says Steven Fennimore, an extension specialist at the University of California, Davis. Specialty crops are vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, and onions. They are not mass-produced like corn, soybeans, and wheat. Continue reading

University of Nebraska holds Plant Recognition webinars

A special seminar series on the topic of “Plant Recognition and Identification Technology” will be held later this month at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Three well-known speakers will talk about the latest in agricultural automation, computer vision for species recognition, and challenges and opportunities for robotic weeding. Part of the focus of these seminars is to build collaborative relationships in this rapidly advancing field of research.

Please plan on joining experts at Lincoln or online for one or all of the seminars. For information about the seminar series, visit http://bigideaseminars.unl.edu/home, which has all of the details.