Autonomous Agricultural Equipment Evaluation for Broad-Acre Crop Production

August 10, 2022 from 4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Speaker: Roy Maki & Sofia Bahmutsky, Olds College

Autonomous Agricultural Equipment Evaluation for Broad-Acre Crop Production

Autonomous agriculture is a subset of the broader precision agriculture movement, the practice of utilizing technology and equipment to farm more efficiently. Since 2020, Olds College Centre for Innovation and the Olds College Smart Farm have operated the OMNiPOWER autonomous platform (formerly known as DOT) with three implements (Seedmaster 30 ft Air Seeder, Pattison 120 ft Sprayer, New Leader 90 ft Fertilizer Spreader) as part of a 3.5 year study of the technical, economic, environmental, and social factors associated with operating autonomous farm equipment on the Canadian Prairies. A major project milestone was to compare autonomous equipment operations to conventional equipment, in terms of cost, labor, and efficiencies.

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