Dewulf and Agrointelli Take Steps Towards Autonomous Potato Planting
Dewulf and Agrointelli have announced their collaboration to jointly explore the benefits of autonomous machines in potato cultivation. A first project will involve the combination of the Robotti autonomous platform with the Miedema CP 42 4-row bucket planter. By combining their skills, experiences and technologies, the two companies will undertake a joint effort to offer automated operations with a high level of data acquisition and site-specific optimization. To this end, DeWulf will bring its expertise in providing robust, high-tech and cost-effective solutions for potato growers. Agrointelli will supply the robotic platform – Robotti. Both companies aim to enable potato growers to benefit from automated operations for soil preparation, planting and crop care during the season through a lightweight automated setup.
DeWulf and Agrointelli share the same vision on the importance of automation and precision farming in response to the challenges potato growers are currently facing with their critical and important high value-added business. These challenges include a lack of skilled labor, threats of soil compaction and a high need for sustainable solutions.
“At DeWulf, we put the needs of our customers, the global potato growers, first. We are convinced that autonomous agricultural machinery will play an important role in the future. Agrointelli is at the forefront of robotization in arable crops. The Robotti is a prime example of how robotization can reduce labor requirements while tackling soil compaction. The learnings and discoveries that will result from this project will help make growing potatoes more enjoyable for producers and will shape the solutions that we will offer tomorrow. Says Miss van der Molen, product manager Planting equipment at DeWulf.
And Ole Green, CEO of Agrointelli added: “DeWulf’s well-known, robust and reliable machines allow us to use Robotti in a whole new potato-growing setup, in which we see fantastic prospects. The production of potatoes in Europe is an important industry and the cultivated area is increasing in size across Europe. At the same time, it is a production system that requires many hours of work and an enormous amount of processing during the season. Here we see amazing optimization possibilities for producers to improve their production system and economy. “