Smart Farming

Agtonomy & OnTarget Collaborate to Launch Next-Gen Autonomous Smart Sprayer

Bobcat and Agtonomy Partner to Advance Sustainable Agriculture. AgTech; AgriTech

Key Takeaways

  1. Agtonomy partners with OnTarget to develop an all-electric, electrostatic autonomous smart sprayer targeting specialty crop producers.
  2. The smart sprayer prototype debuted at the FIRA USA ag robotics and autonomy show.
  3. The collaboration aims to enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and contribute to sustainable farming practices.
  4. OnTarget’s electrostatic technology allows for more efficient use of water and crop protection products.
  5. Agtonomy’s 2024 pilot program on the West Coast will allow early adopter growers to contribute to the technology’s ongoing development.

Agtonomy, a leading software and services company specializing in advanced autonomous and AI solutions for agriculture, announced a groundbreaking partnership with OnTarget today. The collaboration aims to develop an all-electric, electrostatic autonomous smart sprayer, which significantly advances smart spray solutions for sustainable agriculture.

A Public Debut

The prototype of this all-electric, electrostatic smart sprayer, explicitly designed for specialty crop producers, will be unveiled at the FIRA USA ag robotics and autonomy show. The event occurs from September 19-21 at the Salinas Sports Complex.

A Shared Vision for Sustainable Agriculture

“Both Agtonomy and OnTarget share a vision of smart, all-electric implement ecosystems as the future of agriculture,” said Tim Bucher, CEO and co-founder of Agtonomy. The partnership aims to bring unparalleled results and better outcomes to farmers faster, focusing not just on efficiency and cost-savings but also on significant contributions to sustainable farming practices.

Electrostatic Technology for Efficiency

OnTarget’s electrostatic technology creates charged spray droplets that uniformly cover and cling to surfaces. This technology helps growers cut their spray time in half, using less water and making crop protection products more efficient. Willie Hartman, founder of OnTarget, emphasized that the collaboration allows them to bring next-generation technology and autonomy to growers, reducing costs and achieving better results at the lowest cost per acre.

Future Developments

The partnership is part of Agtonomy’s broader strategy to collaborate with equipment and implement manufacturers to embed intelligent technology into farming equipment. Agtonomy plans to launch a 2024 pilot program spanning across the West Coast, giving early-adopter growers the first chance to use and contribute to the ongoing development of this cutting-edge technology.

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