Kansas Conservation Series: Swarm Technology in Kansas

Moundridge, KS – U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. is continuing his conservation series highlighting Kansans’ voluntary efforts to take better care of the environment. Stories will be released throughout the 2023 Farm Bill legislative process.

“While we hold hearings for the 2023 Farm Bill, I want to highlight how hard Kansans work every day to protect our environment and conserve precious resources that our Ag economy needs to thrive. Kansas farmers, ranchers, growers, and producers are finding unique and practical ways to preserve our land and protect our water and air. Their efforts are worthy of everyone’s praise,” said Senator Marshall.

Both precision agriculture and access to rural broadband are pivotal to the future of farming. This week we’re highlighting MKC and GreenField Robotics, who use swarm technology to weed between rows of crops. The field and the rows will first be mapped using a drone flying over the field. The individual robots are then tasked with traversing between the rows cutting weeds. At this site, the robots were connected to Starlink to perform their duties. The future of this type of tech is unlimited. It could range from plant crops to providing crops with the individual input needs of the plant itself. Technology like this will be able to reduce the use of pesticides, fertilizers, and manpower needed to farm, thereby reducing costs for the farmer while feeding the world.

Swarm Technology Robots