2018 AGBOT CHALLENGE

Challenges

Weed & Feed Competition May 18th 2018

The Weed & Feed Competition challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a corn field to identify plants such as the corn crop and weeds. Upon identification of the corn plant, the machine should determine if the plant is healthy or in distress, requiring fertilizer to be applied by the machine. Upon identification of a weed, the machine should eradicate the weed chemically and/or mechanically. Teams may use a variety of solutions, combining elements of solutions in different markets and/or creating innovative solutions designed for their machine.

Site Conditions May 2018 Gerrish Farms, Rockville, Indiana

  • Silty clay loam with conventional tillage (sod if too wet for tilled soil)
  • Corn height 6-12 inches, weed height 6-12 inches
  • 30 inch rows, turn radius at end 60 feet

Objective

​Produce an unmanned, autonomous machine that will achieve the following goals. Teams will be scored in Mechanics, Software, Innovative Solution, and Execution.

Goals

  1. Autonomously maneuver two or four 500-ft rows at a time and autonomously turn at each end. The agBOT shall make two 500-ft passes.
  2. Autonomously observe crop plants and fertilize plants as needed
  3. Identify three common weeds: giant ragweed, cocklebur, and redroot pigweed within and between rows
  4. Arrange for weed to be destroyed either chemically or mechanically as the agBOT moves through the field
  5. Provide real time observation methods of movement, plant identification, fertilization, and/or treatment of plants back to the base station

Winners

1st place - Nexus Robotics

Tie 2nd place - IUPUI

Tie 2nd place - Purdue University

Competitors

Harvest Competition

The Harvest Competition challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a field and identifying watermelons ready for harvest.  Upon identifying the watermelon, the machine will perform a series of measurements to determine the ripeness of the melon such as color, size, and weight of the melon. Teams may use a variety of solutions, combining elements of solutions in different markets and/or creating innovative solutions designed for their machine.

Site Conditions: May 19th, 2018 Gerrish Farms, Rockville, Indiana

  • Silty clay loam with conventional tillage (sod if too wet for tilled soil)
  • 8 watermelons will be laid in a row, off the vine

Objective

Produce an unmanned, autonomous machine that will achieve the following goals.

Goals

  1. Autonomously maneuver through the field in a single row
  2. Autonomously identify a watermelon and arrange for watermelon to be tested for ripeness quality
  3. Identify characteristics of the watermelon via size, weight, color and vibration et al. and autonomously determine harvestability
  4. Arrange for ripe watermelons to be harvested for processing
  5. Provide real time observation methods of autonomous movement, location, plant observation and fruit identities

Winners

1st place - Virginia Tech

2nd place - PeeDee Precision

3rd place - Cal Poly and Muchowski Farms

Competitors

4Sight
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Indiana State University
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Judges and Speakers

2018 Judges

Craig Rupp

Craig Rupp

Director of Engineering
The Climate Corporation

Bob Peterson

Bob Peterson

Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board
Broadband Antenna Tracking Systems, Inc. (BATS)

Sam Dietrich

 Sam Dietrich

Software Engineer
Dot Technology Corporation

Caleb Frederick

Caleb Friedrick

Software Engineer
Dot Technology Corporation

Jorge Heraud

Jorge Heraud

Chief Executive Officer
Blue River Technology

Kyler Laird

Kyler Laird

Owner
Lairdscape Farms

2018 Speakers

Mark Young

Mark Young

Chief Technology Officer
The Climate Corporation

Bruce Kettler

Bruce Kettler

Director
The Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Sam Dietrich

 Sam Dietrich

Software Engineer
Dot Technology Corporation

Steve Gerrish

Steve Gerrish

Chief Operations Officer
Qmira

Kyler Laird

Kyler Laird

Owner
Lairdscape Farms

Jorge Heraud

Jorge Heraud

Chief Executive Officer
Blue River Technology

Craig Rupp

Craig Rupp

Director of Engineering
The Climate Corporation

2018 Sponsors

2018 Hosts