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
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
Drones give farmers birds-eye
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
Soil sampler does all the
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