TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Amazone buys into AgXeed

THE Amazone Group has announced it now has a financial interest in Dutch technology and autonomy start up business AgXeed B.V.

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 The four-wheeled AgXeed AgBot and 3m Amazone rotary harrow with GreenDrill catch crop seeder box. Image courtesy Amazone.

The four-wheeled AgXeed AgBot and 3m Amazone rotary harrow with GreenDrill catch crop seeder box. Image courtesy Amazone.

Amazone says the buy-in is a further development of what is already a successful co-operation by becoming a strategic partner of AgXeed, which manufactures the AgBot.

The aim of the partnership is to further develop Amazone's mounted implements with regard to their autonomous use in the field.

The co-operation includes a commitment to generate accessible interfaces in order to ensure compatibility and connectivity between the machine and the towing vehicle.

As a further agricultural engineering partner, CLAAS is also involved through Seed Green Innovations GmbH along with other investors.

Amazone says the autonomous platforms from AgXeed are an ideal match to the Amazone product range and provide a combination of minimal ground pressure, optimised weight distribution and flexible mounting zones.

A tracked AgBot has already been used successfully in conjunction with Amazone cultivation and seeding equipment in recent years.

In addition to cultivation and seeding, a new four-wheeled AgBot can also be used with Schmotzer hoeing systems for mechanical weed control.

And the FTender universal front hopper system for seed and fertiliser along with the FT-P, for crop protection agents and liquid fertilisers, can also be combined with a range of Amazone machinery for specific applications.

Various sensor systems will constantly monitor and analyse the work done by the AgBot and its Amazone components.

AgXeed offers a fully autonomous farming system with scalable hardware, virtual planning tools and comprehensive data models.

After its 115kW tracked autonomous platform was launched in 2020, a three-wheeled AgBot for orchards and vineyards followed in 2021 and recently a four-wheeled AgBot was announced. All vehicles are diesel-electric powered.

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