August 18, 2022


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Self-driving tractors rolled out in California could fuel the future of agriculture

Self-driving tractors rolled out in California could fuel the future of agriculture

Some California farmers are going green by choosing eco-friendly tools and moving to electric-powered, driverless tractors. The company that rolls out these high-tech tractors, Monarch Tractor, says this could help farmers save money, increase production, and help with the growing labor shortage in the agricultural industry.

“It’s sustainability at work and its evolution for the human race,” said fifth-generation vine grower and farmer Carl Winty. He’s been helping the Monarch Tractor test tractors on his farm. “It used to be a big tractor where you could see the diesel burning, and now you just have this quiet electric car running through it. It’s a natural trend,” Wenty explained.

California has nearly 70,000 farmsFarmers produce billions of pounds of fresh food each year. Each year, though, farmers face challenges, including record-high inflation and worsening droughts on the West Coast. “Mother Nature’s bats last, and no two seasons are ever the same,” Wenty said.

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Vineyard owners face a growing number of challenges including worsening drought, inflation and labor shortages. (Fox News/Fox News)

this is electric tractor It can help solve those problems that farmers may face, particularly by lowering the overall cost of production and growth, the company explained.

“Farmers can now save more money by knowing exactly where to target their resources,” said Pravin Benemsa, CEO and founder of Monarch Tractor.

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“What this tractor brings with complete data is exactly what has been done for food. Not only that, but insights into farming operations can help farmers reduce their inputs and control their costs,” Monarch Tractor co-founder Mark Schwager said.

Instead of having a driver, the tractor has a coil Remote operator that tracks It receives alerts in real time. “There’s always a human in the ring,” Schwager explained.

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The tractor has a full set of cameras and sensors, which allows it to identify and mark every crop on the farm. (Fox News/Fox News)

Preventive measures have also been put in place to prevent accidents. The tractor has sensors to detect livestock, crops and workers and will stop until the tractor’s path stops.


The company hopes that these savings incurred by the farms will be transferred to consumers. “The technology can have a huge impact in lowering cost and raising quality as well,” Penmetsa said.