With legalization, hemp shows promise of being the new boom industry on the edge. Analysts are predicting a $200 BILLION industry by 2024. Hempbot is an agricultural
robot to help make the hemp farms boom!!!
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, where I live, hemp became legal to grow with a license in March 2019. In only a few months, a gold rush has started. With CBD oil producing plants, the possibility of tens of thousands of dollars per acre is now possible. With the possibility of big profits come big challenges. Hemp for CBD oil is extremely labor intensive, but with these challenges comes business opportunities to solve those challenges.
Any good product needs to fill a need. From talking to new local hemp farmers the following list of needs are the first to come to mind.
- Planting/transplanting from a greenhouse
- Cultivating weed control
- Insect control
- Applying fertilizer/feeding the plants after they leave to green house
- In greenhouse care
- Data logging every plant. Detailed records of every plant for state records.
- Trimming/collecting of buds
With many different needs (opportunities) Hempbot-Bee will be a modular design with a variety of attachments. Not only are there business opportunities in supplying a bot but also for supplying different attachments for the bot.
With a lot of different task to be performed on a farm, different sizes of bots will be required. I plan to build several different bots to perform the different task. The bots will be networked to allow tracking the different jobs and collect a database of each plant. Hempbot-Bee will be the first of several bots. Bees are a very inspirational creature. Housekeeping, collecting nectar and pollen, taking care of the brood and guarding the hive, Hempbot-Bee will be a worker bee in the network. Hempbot-Bees responsibilities will be weeding/cultivation, watering, feeding the plants and collection visual data of the plants for tracking and the requires government records.