MonarchTractor MKV 400x275Monarch Tractor, which is developing a fully electric, driver-optional tractor, has announced raising $61 million in Series B funding, led by Astanor Ventures. The company said it will use the new funding to scale its sales, service, and manufacturing footprint, expand its product offerings, and launch international pilot test programs for regional market validation. Additional investors include CNH Industrial, At One Ventures and Trimble Ventures.


MidnightRobotics400x275Smart farm operations management company Fieldin has announced it acquired Midnight Robotics, a developer of agricultural autonomous driving technology. The acquisition combines a sensor-based operational farming platform with autonomous driving technologies to empower growers in the day-to-day management of their farms. Fieldin said it is already deploying the combined platform in major platforms in California, with additional deployments of the end-to-end system in coming months.


XAG V40drone 400x275China’s XAG, which develops agricultural robots and artificial intelligence, has announced it will launch its V40 and P40 agricultural drones globally to bring digital agriculture to more rural areas that include aging populations and weak infrastructure.


PointOneNavigation400x275Point One Navigation, which is developing precision location technology, has announced it has emerged from stealth mode and closed a $10 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by UP.Partners, with participation from existing investors BOLT, IA Ventures and Ludlow Ventures.


IronOx Grover400x275Iron Ox, which is developing farming innovations utilizing plant science, robotics, and artificial intelligence, has announced a mobile support robot named Grover. The mobile robot can lift more than 1,000 pounds and assists in the monitoring, watering, and harvesting of several crops, from leafy greens to strawberries.


H3Dynamics400x275H3 Dynamics has announced the launch of the DBX-G7, a new vertiport system for autonomous drone operations. Smarter, faster, and multi-modal with 5G and 4G networking capabilities, DBX was designed to scale ongoing digitization efforts in safety compliance, maintenance and crisis management use cases. 


Burro 400x275Burro, formerly known as Augean Robotics, has announced it raised $10.9 million in a Series A funding round. The company’s mobile and collaborative robots provide outdoor assistance for work that people no longer want to do, as well as lay the foundation for more comprehensive automation later.


MetoMotion400x275MetoMotion, an Israel-based developer of intelligent robotics systems to help growers operate farms of the future, has announced completing a $5 million investment round. The company said the funds will be used to finalize research and development activities, set up production and marketing activities, and launch the commercial product.


InOrbitFree400x275InOrbit, which develops cloud-based robot operations (RobOps) software, has announced a free version of the platform to let companies manage an unlimited number of robots for as long as they’d like. The goal is to help robot developers and operations teams scale their robots while focusing on unique features of their robots.


BlueWhite400x275Blue White Robotics, an Israel-based robotics firm providing robots-as-a-service (RaaS) to enable farms to run autonomously, has announced raising $37 million in Series B funding. THe company said it will use the new funding to increase the rapid adoption of their technologies, drive new U.S. sales, and attract key talent for its all-star international team.


IronOxFunding400x275Iron Ox, which launched its autonomous farming platform in 2018, has announced that it closed a $53 million Series C funding round, led by new investor Breakthrough Energy Ventures. The company’s systems grow produce in proprietary greenhouses designed from the ground up to mitigate the environmental impacts of agriculture – using data, plant science, robotics and artificial intelligence.


AdvancedFarmTech400x275Advanced Farm Technologies, which develops robotic technology for farming, has announced it has completed a $25 million Series B investment round to support the company’s growth in strawberry harvesting, and the adaptation of its technology to apple harvesting.


XAG Ecuador400x275XAG has announced that its agricultural drones were recently introduced to a series of on-farm spraying trials for high-altitude specialty crops. Flying into the Andes mountains of Ecuador, the demonstrations on potato fields have presented the potential of fully autonomous drones to reduce labor costs and agricultural pesticide exposure, the company said.


RubberTreeRobot400x275STMicroelectronics (STM), which develops semiconductors across the spectrum of electronics applications, has announced a design win for its STM32WLE5, a long-range (LoRa) system-on-chip (SoC). A customer application developed by rubber-tapping specialist CIHEVEA uses low-power networking to help automate the process of extracting latex from rubber trees. 


XAG R150 UGVXAG has announced that its autonomous farm robots are assisting farmers in Japan as they struggle to maintain high quality fruit production amidst a labor shortage. Since the company announced its R150 unmanned ground vehicle into the Japanese market in June, the all-electric mobile robot has been trialed for crop spraying across several orchard types, including apple, grapes, watermelon, and citrus fruits.


CommarisSeeker400x275Terrafugia has announced the launch of a new brand, Commaris, and the brand’s first product, the Seeker, an electric, fixed-wing vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) hybrid aircraft designed for autonomous commercial aerial applications.