NYTimes did a feature story on the potential for agtech to improve agriculture throughout the value chain - focusing on the TerraSentia high-throughput field phenotyping system developed at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and being commercialized since 2018 by EarthSense, Inc.
The agricultural giants are interested. Corteva, which spun off from the merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont in 2016, has been testing the TerraSentia in fields across the United States.
“There’s definitely a niche for this kind of robot,” said Neil Hausmann, who oversees research and development at Corteva. “It provides standardized, objective data that we use to make a lot of our decisions. We use it in breeding and product advancement, in deciding which product is the best, which ones to move forward and which ones will have the right characteristics for growers in different parts of the country.”