John Deere has just acquired Blue River Technology, which uses machine learning to make agricultural spraying equipment more precise and cost-effective. With a $38bn market valuation, John Deere announced last week it would pay $305m for Silicon Valley start-up.
The intention within John Deere is to integrate it into all machinery whose purpose it will suit, said John Stone, senior vice-president of Deere’s intelligent solutions group.
The software uses cameras to identify weeds within a crop and target them with herbicide, which has obvious cost saving effects as well as helping to retain chemicals efficacy on farm. The artificial intelligence allows the machine to continually learn and get better at identifying weeds.
A video from Blue River Technology can be found at:
Further information can be found at: https://www.ft.com/content/3c7c84c4-94f3-11e7-a9e6-11d2f0ebb7f0 or https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/7/16267962/automated-farming-john-deere-buys-blue-river-technology