Tue, Jul 17, 2018
1:00pm to 1:40pm
Agriculture is moving rapidly towards automation of many field operations. This automation trend is driven by increasing equipment size and sophistication coupled with the human operator’s inability to monitor and control critical machine functions. Today, supervised autonomy will facilitate removal of operators from the field environment. Field machinery void of the traditional operator platform will change dramatically. Topics affecting future field machinery configurations will include reduced vehicle weights (e.g. eliminate of soil compaction), changes to cropping systems (e.g. monoculture to polyculture), mechanical life versus technical obsolescence, field operation logistics, operations, environmental benefits, alternative ownership models, and the role of venture capital in creating agricultural businesses of the future. Simply stated, technologies developed outside of agriculture will become the new driving force of our industry.