WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — There are several up-and-coming technologies that may change the way farming is done. Here are three devices to keep an eye on.

Grain robot gets in hard to reach places

It’s not always easy to work around grain bins, but this robot makes it safe and convenient to get work done around the farm.

The Bin Bot was designed for safety. It’s a small machine that can be remotely operated from outside a grain bin. It can push, pull or lift and is compact enough to fit in any bin.

“Simply put, it’s a robotic skid steer,” said Eric Miller, marketing manager for family-owned MackRobotics Inc. “It turns just like a skid steer and has different attachments. There are buckets, push arms, forklifts, grain auger attachments and others.”

The Bin Bot has been in development for three years. The final prototypes are being fine-tuned before it goes to market. Learn more at www.mackrobotics.com.

Drones give farmers birds-eye view

Drones are quickly evolving as stars in the ag technology world. Not long ago, drones still were in research and development. Now they are available as a resource for farmers.

In most cases, it’s impossible to scout all the acres on your farm. Drones are a tool that help farmers see crops from a bird’s-eye view. Indiana-based company Precision Drones developed helicopter-style drones to help farmers assess crop health.

“I wanted to be able to utilize the drone so I could have enough nitrogen for my crop,” said Aaron Sheller, co-owner of the company with Matt Minnes. “Matt is a crop consultant and seed salesman. He saw this as a way to help his growers.”

What started out as a dream now is a tangible instrument that farmers can use to analyze fields. Visit www.precisiondrone.com to find a dealer.

Soil sampler does all the work

This patented machine collects soils on the go and has the ability to catalog information. It’s designed to allow maximum samples to be collected in a day, saving valuable time.

The Falcon Automated Soil Sampler makes checking soil nutrients less work for farmers. Each soil sample collected by the machine is dropped into a numbered bag. The device is controlled by a laptop.

“It does it a uniform, representative sample,” said Allan Baucom, owner of Falcon Soils Technology Group LLC. “The samples are used for nutrient analysis to help grow a successful seeding plot. Too much (nutrient) is costly, but you need to put enough to have good quality.”

Baucom uses the device on his own farm, where he grows cotton, corn, soybeans and produce. Visit www.falconsoil.com for more information.