Pixelfarming Robotics designs and manufactures advanced agricultural robots. The company was founded in 2019 to revolutionize how we farm, with the ultimate goal of enabling a self-sustaining ecology.
Food is one of the fundamental conditions for human existence. Food security determines peace and prosperity (Maslov. e.a.). A healthy living environment is another prior condition for human existence.
The current level of prosperity has been achieved through more and more intensive use of land for agricultural purposes. This intensification has been achieved with bigger machines and chemical technology.
It has been proven that these technical functions operate just fine with a homogeneous and monocultural way of farming. However the reduction of biodiversity, soil depletion and densification, limitation of water-storing capacity and dependence on permitted chemical agents are huge disadvantages. All of the above will automatically result in a lower yield per hectare.
Pixelfarming offers an alternative approach of the implementation of digital technology and robotics in agriculture. There are possibilities everywhere. Starting with the diversity and the capacity, the soil and the desired product range. The optimum cultivation plan can be calculated for the soil in question. Within the cultivation model, based on plant growth models, the required soil development for the upcoming crops is included in order to make long-term exploitation possible.
We use a biological as well as effective methods for crop protection. We use the characteristic properties of different plants and combine them with each other to trigger a reaction. For instance using unions between lettuce to keep the snails from eating the crops. This way, we are not using any pesticides.
In the optimal situation, all plants are in the right place to achieve a maximum result. This optimum can be calculated and predicted using a computer model. As soon as the calculation is done, the crops can be planted, nursed and harvested using robot technology.
This method of growing earns up to 50% more yield per hectare, without using chemicals or fertilizer.– Dr.Ir. DF van Apeldoorn (University Wageningen, WUR)
Limiting the currently available resources, results in more manual work to achieve similar results . Robotica and smart technology with vision processing offers solutions to limit this manual work. Agro robots are therefore seen as a growth sector. For the next coming years, the agro robots will change the world and stimulate a more sustainable way of farming.