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Teams Ready for agBOT Challenge 2017

Teams are forming for the agBOT Challenge 2017. The event, which will be held June 23-25, 2017, at Gerrish Farms in Rockville, Indiana, is entering its second year of competition.

Year one saw five teams present their agBOT Seeding Challenge. Those teams were from PeeDee Precision Ag, IUPUI, Purdue/South Newton, University of Regina, and Muchowski Farms.

The University of Regina was named as the agBOT Challenge 2016 champion and was awarded $50,000. The Purdue/South Newton team received second place taking home $30,000. Third place was a tie between PeeDee Precision Ag and Muchowski Farms, each taking home $10,000.

As the competition enters its second year, teams will face two challenges – a Seeding Competition and a Weed & Feed Competition. 

For the Seeding Challenge, teams have been challenged to create an unmanned robotic system capable of autonomously planting in a field. Current competitors include PeeDee Precision Ag, Team Grit, Virginia Tech, California Polytechnic, South Newton High School, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Ohio State University. The Seeding Competition will take place on June 24.

In the second competition – a Weed & Feed Challenge –  entrants must create an unmanned robotic system capable of autonomous identification, eradication of weeds, and feeding of plants. The current list of competitors for the Weed & Feed Competition includes Purdue University Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), North Star Robotics, Indiana University-Purdue University, Team Grit, University of Regina, Prairie Robotics, South Newton High School, Pee Dee Precision Ag, Team Gizmoze, Purdue Polytechnic Institute, and Team Agribotist. The Weed & Feed Competition presentations are on June 25.

Cash prizes for the Seeding Competition and Weed & Feed Competition will be $30,000 for first place; $15,000 for second place; and $10,000 for third place.

The three-day event will also include the NextGen Expo, which take place on June 23. It will include interactive displays, field demonstrations of robotics in agriculture and discussions about technology being developed in agriculture. Attendance is free.

To learn more about the event, contact Rachel Gerrish at 765/918-8666 or rlgerrish@odeaulete.com.

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