LaserWeeders Killed Billions of Weeds in the Last Two Years

The AI-powered laser tool from Carbon Robotics is helping farmers to eliminate weeds without chemical herbicides or soil disruption.

Rob Spiegel

June 27, 2024

2 Min Read
LaserWeeder has killed billions of weeds
Carbon Robotics

At a Glance

  • Triangle Farms experienced a 50% crop yield increase after one year of using the LaserWeeder.
  • The LaserWeeder uses AI deep learning technology, robotics, and lasers to identify and eliminate weeds.
  • LaserWeeders are in operation across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

Carbon Robotics has produced a fleet of LaserWeeders that have eliminated over 10 billion weeds across North America, Australia, and Europe since its launch in 2022. Carbon Robotics claims that the LaserWeeder can help growers achieve higher profits, substantial reductions in weed control costs, and increased control and predictability.


Growers are using the LaserWeeder on over 100 different crops, including lettuce, leafy greens, onions, carrots, broccoli and herbs. “It would take 100 people 10 years of continuous hand-weeding to eliminate 10 billion weeds,” said Paul Mikesell, CEO and founder of Carbon Robotics. “The LaserWeeder has achieved this milestone in just 24 months without using chemical herbicides or hand-pulling, enabling growers to allocate available labor to higher-value tasks that move the needle for their business.”

Here's a demonstration of the LaserWeeder at work:

Western Growers Center of Innovation and Technology recently published an independent case study quantifying the results and economic benefits of laser-weeding using production data from commercial growers. The case study found that Triangle Farms, a California-based conventional and specialty crop farm, saw up to a 50% crop yield increase after one year of using the LaserWeeder.

Carbon Robotics is revolutionizing farming with its innovative technologies, bringing significant benefits to farmers and earning widespread recognition. Recently featured on the 2024 CNBC Disruptor 50 list and having secured a significant investment from NVentures, the venture capital arm of NVIDIA, the company is rapidly expanding globally.

Carbon Robotics produces tools to support AI-powered farming. The goal is to help growers cut costs, increase production, and boost profits with precision agriculture products. Its LaserWeeder combines computer vision, AI deep learning technology, robotics, and lasers to identify and eliminate weeds with millimeter accuracy. The result can cut weed control costs by 80% while increasing crop yield and quality. LaserWeeders are in operation by leading growers across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia.

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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