GreenField GrassBots Eliminate Weeds and Chemicals From Farmers’ Fields
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GreenField a third-generation, farmer-owned company in Kansas, offers Greenfield GrassBots that can eliminate weeds and chemicals from farmer’s fields. According to  Clint Brauer, CEO of GreenField Inc., “We have already created three single-row prototypes of the GrassBot which were tested in Kansas. A larger machine is being planned to begin testing in 2023 and can be used by any U.S.-based farmer who is interested, once launched.”

The chemicals used to control weeds traditionally can be dangerous, expensive, and prone to failure. Additionally, the necessity of GMO seeds with resistant traits increases the cost and eliminates the ability of the farmers to save seeds. Prolonged use of chemicals leads to the evolution of resistant weeds forcing farmers to use more amounts and toxic chemicals, further increasing the cost.

According to the company, the technology is stylized as FLEET-TO-FARM BOT and “uses a mechanical approach to significantly reduce the need for broadleaf herbicides in broadacre agricultural applications.”

GreenField delivers Robots-as-a-Service (RaaS) a chargeable service for farmers. This can be viewed on-site with a convoy of bots to swarm the farmer’s fields and eliminate weeds as opposed to traditional methods which rely on chemicals. The farmers don’t need to own or maintain the bots like tractors, instead just invest in their land as an appreciating asset.GreenField GrassBots Eliminate Weeds and Chemicals From Farmers’ Fields_1This regenerative process will integrate a suite of bots, such as GrassBots and others, that will perform specific functions. These bots will “help farms find their way on the path to manufacturing chemical-free products, with carbon-zero emissions.” Regenerative agriculture is a farming method that focuses on continuous land, water, and air quality.

The CEO explains that growing food using these methods has a number of advantages, including improving soil quality and producing nutrient-dense produce like kale. Regenerative farming also offers one of the best opportunities to protect people and our planet from the detrimental effects of climate change. With GreenField’s help, it can start to scale successfully.

The company’s bots have been working in Kansas, doing broadacre agricultural farming by weeding sorghum. The work is related to partnerships announced earlier this year with canidae and snacktivist foods. More human-food partnerships are in development. Brauer says.

“In our second year of billing farms, WeedBot billed 13 fields across nine farms for weed control in sorghum, soybeans, and cotton. We’re also prototyping other capabilities to be tested next season.”

The GrassBots, still in development by GreenField, is a new type of autonomous planter that promises to help farmers reduce and eventually eliminate their use of chemicals.

“You can have the best of both worlds by going back to mechanical methods that allow you to tend to crops without deep tilling or harmful chemicals, but with all the benefits of regenerative farming”, says Brauer.

In addition to Canidae, GreenField has partnered In addition to Canidae, GreenField has partnered with MKC, a full-service agricultural cooperative in Kansas.

“The past season, they brought us, customers,” he says. “They also provided access to space for both robotics operations and grain logistics.”

“They are our primary source of new customers and a key driver when it comes to the foods we distribute to our farmers.”

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