New AI-enabled tractors target weeds, using 90% less herbicide

Farming is undergoing a quiet but radical transformation as machine learning and automation innovations reduce waste. One especially promising new technology targets individual weeds.

This is especially important as the world slowly moves to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup and others that may be linked to cancer and loss of biodiversity. Some studies have linked the chemical to changes in bee behavior.

On the tractor side, the high-tech upgrade to farm equipment has not come without its headaches. Farmers have had to resort to tractor hacking in some cases to jailbreak their equipment and bring in crops.

See & Spray – Blue River Technology's precision weed control machine (YouTube / Blue River Technology)