Agricultural Robots: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2017 to 2023

$4200 - Single Copy or $8400 - Web Posting | Report # 27035999 | 668 Pages | 362 Tables and Figures | 2017
  • Key Topics
  • Agricultural Robots
  • Automated harvesting systems
  • Autonomous navigation in the fields
  • Robotics to automate agricultural
  • Robot operations
  • Robot mowing
  • Robot pruning
  • Robot seeding
  • Robot spraying
  • Robot thinning
  • Impact of robots in the fields
  • Innovative HMI for agricultural robotics
  • Robots in forestry
  • New standards for agricultural robotics
  • UAV and Rpas for agricultural applications
  • Cooperative robots in agriculture
  • Methods for agricultural robots management
  • Autonomous Plowing
  • Automatic Harvesting
  • Adaptive Robots
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Evolution Robotics
  • Multiple Agents
  • Robotic Agriculture
  • Artichoke harvesting
  • Agricultural robotics
  • Artificial vision
  • Outdoor autonomous robot
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Wireless Nodes
  • Microcontroller
  • Robotic Harvesters
  • Economies of Scale
  • Powering Robotic Tractors

LEXINGTON, Massachusetts (March 25, 2017) – WinterGreen Research announces that it has published a new module Agricultural Robots: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2017 to 2023.  The 2017 study has 668 pages and 362 tables and figures.  The study addresses the efficiencies gained when robots can work 24 x 7 without getting tired from leveraging the fact that they do not make mistakes.  The robots are able to perform repetitive tasks effectively, with cameras they can discern whether fruit is ripe or not and pick only the ripe fruit that can be sold.  The robots can go back several times to pick fruit, while human pickers generally make one pass, two at the most.  The robots can pick more fruit because they can get more ripe fruit from a tree.  

Agriculture is the second greatest source of employment worldwide, and the least automated of all industries.  Agriculture is the largest remaining opportunity for automation.  Agriculture has become more mechanized so that many crops are harvested using machinery worldwide.  Agricultural continues its declining employment trend as robotics are adopted.  

Lely robotic cow milking systems target large dairy farms implement innovation in agriculture.   Successful robotic milking on farms with more than 500 cows is supported.  Agriculture faces enormous challenges over the coming decades.  Agricultural entrepreneurs have to keep pace with rapid population growth and the need to deliver food at progressively more competitive prices. 

Lely supports technical revolutions that help evolve automated process, ranging from forage harvesting machines to milking, feeding and barn equipment. Lely equipment allows successfully increasing the scale of operations.

Safeguarding optimum animal welfare and return on investment is the aim. By partnering with Lely on the milking automation journey, creates benefit from a unique set of management instruments to monitor milk quality, feed/milk conversion ratio for the individual cow or the complete herd.  Lely continues to develop knowledge and products for the future.  A basic requirement for profitable robotic milking includes attention to feed/milk efficiency.

Freedoms include permitting cows to achieve well-being by achieving more freedom, making it so that the farmers get the most out of their herd.  Lely discovered that farmers who use free cow traffic are more successful with robotic milking.  

According to Susan Eustis, principal author of the study, “Using cow milking systems, ore milk per cow and more milk per robot is being achieved.  Systems work with less difficulty and with the possibility of working more sociable hours.  Many farmers who used to use forced systems have changed over to free cow traffic flow in order to benefit from the advantages of robotic milking.”

Robots are used for harvesting.  High value crops are a target of agricultural robotic development.  What could be tastier than a strawberry, perfectly formed, and perfectly ripened?  New agricultural robots are able to improve the delivery of consistent quality food, and to implement efficiency in managing food production.  Strawberries are a high profit crop.  

A new generation of machines has just been born. Strawberry harvesters with the world's most advanced technology to give maximum performance to a farm.  Harvesting robots can optimize the productivity of the farming business.  Growers can get the best results in a berry farm using automated process.  Automated picking collection systems improve labor productivity, give speed and agility to harvest operations.  

Employment opportunity will come from human implementation of digitation, building APIs that make digital connections and building algorithms that make sense of digital data collected.  There is plenty of work for humans to figure out how to react to alerts generated by digital algorithms.  

The market for agricultural robots at $1.7 billion in 2016 is expected to grow to  $27.1 billion by 2023.  Agricultural Robots: users harness robots to plow, plant, spray, prune, milk, pick, shear, and harvest.  As economies of scale are achieved, markets will grow rapidly.  

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Companies Profiled
Market Leaders
  • Lely
  • Tetrelaval / DeLaval
  • Yaskawa / Motoman
  • Yamaha
  • Kuka
Market Participants
  • 8Villages
  • ABB Robotics
  • Adigo
  • AeroVironment
  • Agile Planet
  • AgRA: RAS Agricultural Robotics and Automation (AgRA
  • Agribotix
  • Agrobot
  • AquaSpy
  • Australian Centre for Field Robotics
  • Autonomous Tractor Corp. (ATC)
  • Avular B.V
  • Blue River Technology
  • Bosch Deepfield Robotics
  • Clearpath Robotics
  • Rowbot
  • CNH Industrial / Fiat / Case IH
  • cRops
  • Cyphy Works
  • Digital Harvest
  • DJI Innovations
  • ecoRobotix
  • Fanuc
  • FarmBot
  • Frank Poulsen Engineering
  • Georgia Tech Agricultural Robots
  • Google
  • Harvard Robobee
  • Harvest Automation
  • HoneyComb
  • IBM
  • iRobot
  • Jaybridge Robotics
  • John Deere
  • Kinze Manufacturing
  • Kuka
  • KumoTek
  • Kyoto University
  • Lely
  • LemnaTec Phenomics
  • Millennial Net
  • Japan: National Agriculture and Food Research Organization
  • Ossian Agro Automation / Nano Ganesh
  • Parrot/senseFly
  • Precise Path Robotics
  • Robotic Harvesting
  • SAGA – Swarm Robotics for Agricultural Applications
  • Sentera
  • Sicily Tractor Harvesting
  • Shibuya Seiki
  • Spread
  • Sustainable Harvest
  • Tetrelaval
  • DeLaval Sustainable Dairy Farming
  • Trimble
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • University of California, Davis
  • Vision Robotics
  • Wall-Ye V.I.N. Robot
  • Yamaha
  • Yaskawa

Report Methodology

This is the 359th report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary databases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Author

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing strategies, Internet software, a study of Push to Talk Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, Business Process Management, Servers, Blades, the Mainframe as a Green Machine, and Application Server markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

$4200 - Single Copy or $8400 - Web Posting | Report # 27035999 | 668 Pages | 362 Tables and Figures | 2017