Farming is a tricky business. When growing a crop like rice, it’s not easy to access the plants to apply nutrients or pesticides. This clever farmer uses a set of large balloons to suspend spray pipes over the plants, minimizing damage and keeping vehicles from getting stuck in the marsh.
When it comes to tomatoes, you generally don’t want to mix the unripe green ones with the ripe red ones. In this episode of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation, they visited Weco to see a machine that uses light, optics, and computers to figure out which tomatoes are which color and kicks the green ones out.
In 2014, farmer Matt Radach captured time-lapse footage of a pumpkin growing from “seed to scale.” But this is no ordinary squash. This monster was birthed from a seed from a world-record-holding giant pumpkin, and by the time it was done, it weighed in at 1223 pounds. Keep your eyes peeled for a Transformers cameo.
We always assumed that the way they got seeds out of pumpkins was to scoop out the meat for things like canned pumpkin, then separate out the seeds. But from the looks of this video, pumpkins are smashed by machine right out of the patch, simply to extract the seeds. The process seems wasteful, but it’s still interesting to watch.
Getting rid of weeds is a pain. Pluck them, and they come back. Kill them with chemicals, and the ground is poisoned for other plants. These organic corn farmers demonstrate a much more reliable, chemical-free, and downright spectacular method to clear the ground – FIRE!
After building a LEGO Technic machine that could bale hay back in 2017, The Brick Wall decided it was time to build a version that could create squared-off bales. The new machine offers impressive engineering, and is accompanied by a wagon for stacking and transporting bales.
ecoRobotix dramatically reduces the use of herbicides with this solar robot which can identify good plants vs. bad ones, then apply chemicals in tiny amounts only to the weeds, killing them with 95% effectiveness. It would be cool if it were strong enough to yank weeds.
Honda’s concept autonomous ATV is designed to work like a robotic pack mule, carrying loads to work sites, and also performing tasks like plowing snow, tilling soil, or harvesting crops with attachment modules. It’s rugged, has a 4-wheel drivetrain, and runs on electric power.
Gone are the days when farmers need workers to individually pluck vegetables from the earth, instead relying on marvels of engineering, like the Dewulf GKIIISE carrot harvester, a machine that can yank carrots from the ground, and remove their leafy green tops automatically.