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While the DOT autonomous platform (shown here at a recent seeding demonstration at the Olds College Smart Farm) is scaled for large farms, others are designed for small operations, such as vineyards and orchards. But both represent important milestones in the evolution of farm equipment, say experts.

DOT earns passing grades at college, but not straight A’s

Fuel and labour are issues but the driverless implement shows plenty of potential in trials

Is the DOT ready for a full-time job on your operation? It might be too early to say, but researchers know the self-propelled, driverless tractor-minus-the-tractor finishes what it starts. “Every mission we started with DOT we were able to finish with DOT,” said Joy Agnew of Olds College. “There was never a catastrophic failure or

Pumping up efficiencies in ag with autonomy

Pumping up efficiencies in ag with autonomy

Those developing the technology say farmers will increasingly harness unmanned equipment to increase global productivity

By this point, the ag sector is getting used to watching the Dot Power Platform trundle various implements around farm show demo fields. The technology is a sign of the future as farmers confront the challenge of producing more food with fewer resources, Wade Robey, executive director of Raven Autonomy, told viewers taking in the


Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

Opinion: Liability hampers autonomous ag

For farmer and inventor Brian Tischler, the question isn’t whether autonomous tractors are cool, possible, or useful — it’s how to overcome the liability risk. Tischler told farmers attending CropConnect in Winnipeg recently it’s possible to build your own self-driving vehicle for around $1,000. He’s done it. That’s made the Manville, Alberta farmer a popular

Editorial: Future farms

What will the farm of tomorrow look like? There’s certainly no end of opinions on offer when that question gets asked. Will the average Prairie farm become a massive undertaking, measured in tens of thousands of acres, wired in every corner to harness the power of big data? That’s certainly one possibility, and if history