TeleFarmer Autonomous Solution: Agtonomy Announced Trailblazing Launch for Specialty Crops

08 May 2023

The World Ag Expo, held from 14 to 16 Feb 2023, unveiled a revolutionary farming solution for enhanced crop yielding.

Agtonomy, a software firm specializing in agtech and dedicated to creating climate-conscious solutions for farmers growing specialty crops, has introduced its latest offering, TeleFarmer Solution. 

This innovative solution enables farmers to carry out time-consuming field tasks, including weeding, spraying, mowing, and transporting from a remote location. With labor shortages causing significant problems for many specialty crop farmers and leading to increased expenses, this solution is set to revolutionize the industry.

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Agtonomy, a San Francisco-based agtech software start-up, has stated that the TeleFarmer solution is a revolutionary autonomous development for numerous specialty crop farmers who are contending with severe labor shortages and the resulting escalating expenses. 

According to projections, the global market for specialty crops, such as almonds and grapes, is set to hit $1.8 trillion by 2026. As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. is the largest producer of these crops, with 184,000 farming operations encompassing 10.4 million acres. 

While these operations can be highly profitable, they are also associated with increased risks for farmers due to their reliance on essential labor for crucial field tasks. 

Thus, TeleFarmer, farmers can regain more control and supplement their labor force, thus improving their overall operations.

Key Features of TeleFarmer Solution

Agtonomy's TeleFarmer Solution is made up of three key elements:

TeleFarmer Software: It is a tele-guidance software system that enables tractors to function as remotely operated vehicles. The tractors come equipped with the proprietary TrunkVision technology, which allows them to navigate safely and precisely within centimeter-level accuracy in specialty crop areas.

TeleFarmer Service: It is an app designed to offer unprecedented control to the operator. It allows farmers to plan and execute tasks such as in-row spraying, open-field mowing, and transportation of harvested crops. Additionally, the service provides monitoring notifications and other essential information to help farmers resolve issues remotely or dispatch assistance to the field for more significant problems.

TeleFarmer Reference Tractor: This is a fully electric tractor that can carry out labor-intensive field tasks with precision, even in challenging terrains or at night.

Tim Bucher, CEO and co-founder of Agtonomy, stated, “Being a farmer myself, I established Agtonomy intending to utilize technology to provide farmers with greater control over the financial aspects of their agricultural practices.”

Need for Autonomous Equipment in Agriculture 

Autonomous equipment like TeleFarmer Solution can perform farming tasks with a high degree of precision and reliability, leading to increased efficiency and cost savings. 

Additionally, the use of autonomous equipment can reduce the physical demands on workers and increase safety in hazardous conditions. 

Furthermore, the data collected by autonomous equipment can be analyzed to provide insights into crop health and yield, allowing for more informed decision-making and improved outcomes. All of these benefits have led to a growing demand for autonomous agriculture equipment in the industry.

As per the BIS Research report, the global autonomous agriculture equipment market was valued at $10.71 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $28.54 billion in 2027, following a CAGR of 21.65% during 2022-2027. 

In this series of using autonomous equipment in agriculture, the TeleFarmer solution comprises a range of products that provides farmers with a fleet of remotely operated vehicles to carry out numerous labor-intensive tasks on their farms, thereby decreasing their reliance on labor availability.


According to Debraj Chakraborty, Principal Analyst, BIS Research, “The development of sensors, GPS, machine learning, and other technologies has made it possible to create machines that can operate autonomously, even in complex environments like farms.”

Hence, it is expected that the market for autonomous agriculture equipment will experience significant growth in the foreseeable future, owing to the increasing awareness among farmers regarding the advantages offered by these advanced technologies.

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