One high-profile (and high-tech) equipment platform is making its Manitoba Ag Days debute this year.
But Brad Crammond, the show’s co-chair says it took a bit of hard work to convince the team at SeedMaster that the DOT autonomous platform should come to Manitoba.
“It took several conference calls and emails but all of the communication was worth it, because not only will DOT be at our show, but their team has agreed to speak in our theatres about the evolution of DOT and their path to autonomy,” said Crammond.
DOT was developed by SeedMaster founder Norbert Beaujot, and is named after his mother Dorothy.
While some producers were initially skeptical of the concept of autonomous agriculture, it appears the idea has begun to develop legs. With labour shortages and high equipment costs causing farmers issues, standardized autonomous power units like DOT are being seen as the solution. They can allow producers to cover more ground with less people, and can even cost less at the time of purchase.
Ag Days organizers say the innovation focus of the 2020 event made the DOT platform an obvious choice to demonstrate the latest technology.
“It was absolutely imperative for DOT to be at our 2020 show as we have just done a complete rebranding of our Innovation program at the show,” said Crammond. “DOT is the epitome of innovation and it is the No. 1 reason we selected it to be our featured booth at this year’s show. It is the perfect fit for #2020vison and #technology and #innovation we are utilizing as our show themes.”
According to the manufacturer website, DOT Technology Corp. is an independent company that designed the DOT Power Platform. SeedMaster, a sister company, will manufacture DOT on a contract basis until a separate plant becomes viable.
Patrons have been challenged to participate in the #agdaysinnovation challenge. There are three DJI Mavic Pro drones up for grabs. Patrons can make a video and share it on their Facebook page or their Twitter page showcasing what the biggest change or innovation on their farm has been in the past 10 years.
“If social media isn’t their thing they can enter at the DOT display at the show,” says Crammond. “Rip off the back page of the show guide and then enter the ballot at the DOT display in the Manitoba Room.
All of the contest rules can be found at agdays.com/visitor-information. There will be a winner chosen from the Facebook videos.