Innovation in agriculture is critical to our long-term viability and profitability. Purdue University’s College of Agriculture is committed to driving innovations in the agricultural sector. As part of our commitment to this goal, we have launched the Purdue AGgrowBOT competition. The AGgrowBOT competition is managed solely by the College of Agriculture through the Department of Agronomy and will allow only collegiate entries to compete Boilermaker Pete statue and prize money. The competition will be part of a two-day event held on May 7 and 8, 2020, at Agriculture Center for Research and Education (ACRE) located at 4540 US-52, West Lafayette, IN 47906.
The goals of the AGgrowBOT program is to supply a competitive outlet for field-testing new innovations for agriculture. The program provides a supportive environment for students to test out their new ideas and BOT builds. The competition has two portions: part one is the BOT competition where teams bring an autonomous device that is able to find and eliminate weeds in field of wheat and part two, the AG-device competition where teams compete in one of four challenge areas where they will bring a device that solves a problem in agriculture. The critical difference is that only the BOT needs to be mobile, the AG-device does not need to be on a mobile platform. We hope that be eliminating the mobility aspect, we can 1) bring out more ideas, 2)lower the cost for teams to enter the event and 3) solve a number of important problems. We are seeking the best ideas for agriculture and we hope this will allow more teams to compete.