Date: Tue Aug 3, 2021
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Moderator: James Brehm
It is coming, if a ways off. Automating jobs and processes are happening today on farms around the country. We will look at how this trend may impact labor and other issues as well as address how to get started with autonomy and robotics.
When embarking on a startup, the first question posed is what problem are you trying to solve. Meanwhile, if you’re going to solve a problem as a startup, make it a big one - make it audacious! We’re going to review the fundamental problem autonomy solves, our approach, what we’ve accomplished, what we’ve learned, and where we’re headed.
Planning is a crucial step in the agricultural production process and it must be designed based on detailed machinery parameters that are customized to match the scope and complexity of field operations. Besides self-driving capability, nearly the entire problem of autonomous is path planning and automating operational decisions. How do you execute field operations when you aren’t within physical proximity to the field? To help farmers conduct a thorough evaluation of the factors that influence operations planning, the team at Verge Ag has developed an easy to use software that simplifies farm planning to reduce in-field decision making and help accelerate the transition to autonomous farming. Verge’s software, Launch Pad, is the world’s first interactive web application for autonomous farm operations planning.
Robotics and automation can be folded into ag retail services in many ways. This presentation will feature case studies where automated soil sampling led to increase revenues and field personnel efficiencies.
Over the last decade several advancements have been made in the area of robotics and automation in agriculture. This presentation will focus on the automation and autonomy trends in agriculture with a focus on transitioning to robotics in broad acre row-crop production. Some important technological challenges that are impeding the advancement of robotics in row-crop production applications will be discussed. An overview of Nebraska Robotic test-beds deployed in research field plots will be presented with a discussion on work related to logistics of robotic operations and autonomy.
Raven’s OMNiPOWER and OMNiDRIVE solutions are bringing Driverless Ag Technology into the market today and providing solutions for Ag Retailers and growers. We will discuss real world examples where customers have found success as well as future plans to expand capabilities and geographies.