US (NY): Agbotic expands with five new robotic greenhouses

John P. Gaus plans to grow his automation-driven farm Agbotic Inc. fivefold with larger, more advanced greenhouses all in operation by early 2019.

Workers began building Mr. Gaus’s five new 18,000-square-foot greenhouses in July and have already constructed three of them at its County Route 75 farm where the company grows organic root vegetables and hemp. The foundation has also been laid for the other two, he said.

“Actually, the project is going very well. We’re on schedule,” said Mark W. Manns, president and COO of Agbotic.

The greenhouses will include the company’s signature robotic gantries, or self-navigating tilling, watering and harvesting machines, but will also feature more advanced automated technology to help gather and use more data, Mr. Gaus said.

Read more at the Watertown Daily Times (Marcus Wolf)


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