This month, Fast Company touted agtech startup FarmWise – a resident at Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) – and its weedkilling robots that are helping save farmers billions of dollars in an article, “These giant robots are death machines for weeds.”
In the article, Fast Company writer Adele Peters explores how FarmWise’s robot weeders are helping solve a variety of growing issues in agriculture, noting, “For farmers, it’s a way to respond to consumer demand for crops grown with fewer chemicals … But the robot can also save farmers money.”
Through its partnership with WGCIT, FarmWise is working closely with major growers in the Salinas Valley to test its robots. The robots use artificial vision to identify weeds in fields with a variety of crops, and then carefully remove the weeds.
You can read the full article here.
As more advancements are being made in agtech, Silicon Valley-based startups are looking to Salinas as a prime testing ground to gain insight from farmers and industry leaders. To learn more about agtech opportunities in Salinas, contact our team or visit our entrepreneurship page for more information.