According to Anne Dingstad, the brand-new CEO of Saga Robotics, the time for ag robots is now. “The technology delivers, the numbers stack up.”
In 2021, Saga Robotics launched Thorvald, an autonomous robotic platform that focuses on reducing powdery mildew through UV-C treatment. In August of this year, Anne Dingstad, until then the CFO of Saga Robotics, was selected as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer.
“Thorvald is an autonomous platform that can perform many jobs. We began with a series of preventive services such as controlling powdery mildew with UV light, and strawberries and grapes are particularly prone to powdery mildew; they are also a shape and size, which is relatively easy to build a robot to work around and alongside.
Over the last few years, it has become apparent that the robot which emits UV-C light to the strawberry plant and vine can also be used to disperse beneficials and cut runners. These are now in use commercially too, and we’re developing data-driven precision services for yield prediction, early and accurate detection of diseases and tools like precision sprayers and harvesters.”
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