Japanese company Yanmar Agri Corporation developed automated rice transplanter that can plant rice seedlings autonomously in straight line, available in Japan beginning February 1, 2019

January 11, 2019

  • Automated Rice Transplanter – Japanese firm Yanmar Agri Corporation, subsidiary of Yanmar Co. Ltd., developed automated rice transplanter YR8D, which can plant seedlings of rice in straight line autonomously
  • Smartpilot System – Can navigate autonomously in straight line without human help if in Linear Mode and can make turns on its own if on Auto Mode, with onboard GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) module and optional ground-located base station helping it to know its location
  • Benefits – Removes burden of laborious work, addresses labor shortages due to aging population, contributes to more accurate planting, and saves space by planting more rice seedlings in single tray compared to regular transplanter
  • Commercial Availability – Will be sold in Japan beginning February 1, 2019, with price ranging from ¥3,955,000 to ¥5,545,000 (about $35,230 to $49,392)

Image Source: Yanmar News Release


Image Source: Yanmar News Release

Market Disruption: Technology Unemployment
Sector: Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Function: Operations, Manufacturing and Production
Organization: Yanmar Co. Ltd.

Original Publication Date: December 19, 2018

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