To the untrained eye, this looks like a normal tractor you would see on the farm. Actually, it’s a robot!
“There is some change coming and automation is apart of our future.” said South Newton High School Student, Kurt Vissering.
Kurt Vissering is a senior at South Newton High School and with help from his fellow classmates and student from Purdue University. They are one of the many teams competing in the AGBOT Challenge.
“There’s been a lot of months of work, all of us have worked real hard and long nights at the school,” said Vissering.
Kurt and his classmates have entered a two row planter that can plant seeds and drives itself.
“It’s basically a normal planter, but the tracker itself we used liner actuators that press the peddles that an operator would normally would so that allows it to drive it straight down the field, and on the ends you have to have an operator to turn it,” said Vissering.
Technology like this could make it easier for farmers in the future.
“I think the data that we are collecting will make it more efficient and it will probably be in the future. It will probably safer and the equipment will be easier to run,” said Local Farm, Bill Thompson.