Autonomous John Deere tractor with vacuum peat moss harvester
NREC developed an add-on perception system for automating peat moss harvesting.
NREC integrated its add-on perception packages onto a team of three computer-controlled tractors developed by John Deere. These autonomous tractors were used in harvesting operations in a
The robotic peat harvesting team was continuously tested for a full season, completing over 100 harvesting missions in a working peat bog. Their behavior imitated manual peat harvesting operations while maintaining a safe operating environment.