Manual labor is slowly taking a backseat to modern technology. One area we can see this happening is planting. You might be thinking that a robot planting a crop may seem cold and detached from proper crop production. However, we are here to discuss the efficiency with which robots can plant crops better than we can. Strap yourselves in.
Speed and Precision
How fast can you plant a crop? A novice may need some time before they get it right. A skilled farmhand could do it in a few minutes. A machine could do it with such speed that it’s almost incomparable. Depending on the crop, the robot helper could easily plant over 2 500 seeds and plants in an hour. This display of power and precision is why many farms are giving up their human workers in favor of robots.
If you set the parameters you find desirable, you can have the robots plant away without stopping to ask you for questions every so often. The benefit is that you can finally rest assured that your work and projects are in good hands, even if they are made of metal. The robots, while they are planting away, also spray the fields with the carefully calculated amounts of weed killers and pesticides.
This is the hard truth – robots cost money. Like, a lot. That being said, remember all of those commercials where products are advertised as so good that they actually pay for themselves over time? Something similar can apply to robots. The amount of money that can ultimately be saved is astounding, giving you a better yield and less cost.
Whatsmore, like any new technology, robots in service of farms are likely to become cheaper and more affordable over time. That means that, pretty soon, half of the farmers you know will have at least some access to robotics on their property.
Backlash and Issues
We’ve already mentioned that the tech is pricey. This is even truer if you take into account how many crops and seasons are wasted until you “teach” the robot to do good work. After all, it’s not just the robot learning how to deal with the fields, it’s also you who are learning how to deal with it.
Another issue is the loss of manpower. Efficient robots mean fewer workers, which also means fewer jobs for everyone. Understandably, farmhands are concerned about their job security, as well as their financial future.
However, there is a silver lining here – with so many robots needing time to learn, there is still room for human quality control, and checking the robot’s progress. Additionally, each and every one of these machines will require periodic maintenance, which could result in more job openings.