INDIANAPOLIS — The future of agriculture will include a focus on smart machines, according to one precision agriculture expert.
“I like to imagine that, within the next 10 years, we’re going to be talking about the IQ of the machines,” said Julian Sanchez, director of precision agriculture and business development at John Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group, during the National FFA Convention.
“The IQ of machines and IQ of the solutions is what’s going to differentiate some of the equipment manufacturers in ag and construction solutions providers.”
At the Moline Technology and Innovation Center, engineers are innovating beyond self-driving tractors and satellite-guided planters.
“Right now our engineers are building smart machines and machines you might be designing, using or servicing one day,” said Patrick Bell, global brand and communications manager at John Deere.
“For example, we’ve created a sprayer that incorporates computer vision and artificial intelligence that can tell in real time, while rolling through the field, the difference between a weed and a plant. It then applies herbicide accordingly.
“This technology can reduce the use of chemicals by up to 80%, which unlocks customer value and protects our planet, too. It’s clear that our innovative spirit and future-forward mindset will help us lead a technological revolution in agriculture.”
Looking to the future, technology’s ease of use will continue to be crucial, Sanchez said.
Automated jobs are a part of making technology user-friendly, said Nancy Post, director of Intelligent Solutions Group at John Deere.
While speed and power are still important for tractors, machine intelligence will be increasingly important.