May 13, 2019 – James Thorne – GeekWire
For the first time, some of the apples sold in the U.S. will be picked by a robot rather than human hands. That’s thanks to agricultural automation startup Abundant Robotics, the maker of apple harvesting machines.
April 8, 2019 – John Seabrook – The New Yorker
In recent years, seasonal labor has become much more scarce, and more expensive—making it difficult for growers of apples, citrus, berries, lettuce, melons, and other handpicked produce-aisle items to harvest their crops. The solution, Gary Wishnatzki believes, is to make a robot that can pick strawberries.
Sept 25 2017 – Dyllan Furness – Digital Trends
Researchers at Harper Adams University and agricultural company Precision Decisions have removed humans from the farm entirely.
May 3 2017 – Tom Simonite – MIT Technology Review
This machine may replace seasonal farm labor.