At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), John Deere highlighted three new technologies for the agriculture market aimed at increasing cost savings and sustainability. Bill Wong, Senior Content Director of Electronic Design, an Endeavor Business Media partner site, spoke with the company at CES about these agricultural technology solutions.
Highlighted at the show was John Deere's See & Spray Ultimate, a 120-foot sprayer that uses 36 cameras and 10 GPUs to differentiate weeds from crops. Doing so enables the system to only spray herbicide on the weeds it detects, reducing its use and thus cost for farmers. Reducing the amount of herbicide applied to a field benefits the environment as well by preventing too much from entering and contaminating the soil and local waterways.
Also on display at CES was the company's ExactShot Planter, a new system that places a seed precisely in the ground and puts the fertilizer directly on the seed, resulting in a 60% savings in fertilizer use. Use of advanced electronics and camera systems help to ensure optimized placement of seeds and fertilizer. This system helps farmers use only the amount of seed and fertilizer required, which again benefits their operational costs and environmental impact.
John Deere also unveiled its first battery-electric excavator at CES. Designed to operate in environments that demand quiet machinery, the electric excavator provides quieter operation which can help it be used for loner periods of time in areas where noise emissions may be a concern. John Deere is aiming to have an 8-hour battery life on the excavator. Compact machines like this are often used in agriculture as well as construction and other off-road applications.
This video originally appeared on Machine Design, an Endeavor Business Media partner site.