Robot generates images to prepare the soil for the future of agriculture

Researchers from the University of Winnipeg (UWinnipeg) and the University of Saskatchewan (USask) have taken on an ambitious challenge: build the ground for the next revolution in global farming and food production. With support from George Weston Limited and Mitacs, the team is filling a gap within the digital agriculture field by building a robotic system to create an open dataset of Canadian prairie crop plants and weeds.

“We want to enable the idea of creating automated vehicles that can distinguish plants to make decisions in the field like killing weeds and saving crops. But to do that, one first needs lots of labelled images of both crops and weeds,” explains Professor Christopher Bidinosti, of UWinnipeg’s Department of Physics.

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