The $100 billion pesticides and seeds industry faces a new threat starting to pop up in a handful of fields: weed-killing robots.
Autonomous vehicles designed to kill weeds could eliminate the need for universal herbicides and genetically modified crops that tolerate them.
The seed industry, dominated by a handful of companies like Creve Coeur-based Monsanto, is bracing for that possibility, and some companies are changing their business models in response.
Bayer, which has agreed to acquire Monsanto, partnered with Bosch last year on a “smart spraying” research project. The project seeks to implement new technology without cannibalizing Bayer’s old chemicals business.
Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch