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Rise of The Machines!

Old 09-12-2019, 05:27 AM
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SkyNet is coming folks.................

Autonomous Farm Equipment
I saw one of these being hauled on 695 yesterday and thought WTF?! when I first glanced.



Case IH Magnum Autonomous Tractor


Farmers work extremely hard. With the Case IH Magnum Autonomous Tractor, they can work a bit less. This concept vehicle, developed in collaboration with Autonomous Solutions, lets farmers take care of tasks like seeding, planting, and tilling, all without hopping behind the wheel. A simple tablet interface lets you set boundaries, plot paths, and set things in motion in less than 30 seconds, and you'll get a notification should it avoid any obstacles — using a combination of radar, LiDAR, and cameras — or run out of fuel or seeds. In addition, you can control multiple tractors at once, and with carbon fiber front fenders, black and red rims, and LED status/running lights, this robotic crop tender looks good, too.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:33 AM
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Nice!!! 8 ears of corn versus 6 for a $1 next year!!
been happening for years tho.......

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Wow, farmer will be able to run the entire operation from behind a desk!

I think about the technology change my grandfather saw over his life. When he was young they planted fields and pulled implements with horses. Before he stopped farming he was driving very high tech equipment. He always said that he preferred horses because if you fall asleep the horse will stop at the end of the field. I wish he were still alive to see that automated tractor!
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That's pretty amazing.

I wonder what the ROI is on something like that? All that technology vs a single low wage operator.
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Honestly surprised these haven't hit earlier. Bulk of the background electronics have been around for a while. Still have to have labor for loading hoppers and whatnot though.
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the farm my brother runs has a john deere that is out fitted with fully automated electronics. he just rides in the cab and watches. handles the crop rows better than any driver ever will! sometimes he will put it in low range and walk beside it addressing various problems such as irrigation or fencing while the tractor is doing its thing!
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You can monitor and control several machines from an iPad, sitting at your desk!
I can see these being very useful in the mid-west.
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
That's pretty amazing.

I wonder what the ROI is on something like that? All that technology vs a single low wage operator.
you would be surprised at who is sitting in the seat much of the time. Planting and harvest are typically a fairly small part of the season. Not uncommon for it to be mostly the owners and family. Not enough labor need to warrant having help year round. Not sure on #'s for a ag equipment, but assuming the machine is set up for aux control input, it cost about 30K to upfit a dozer with a topcon system. In that realm it doesn't replace an operator, but does let you have a much less talented/expensive operator in place.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
you would be surprised at who is sitting in the seat much of the time. Planting and harvest are typically a fairly small part of the season. Not uncommon for it to be mostly the owners and family. Not enough labor need to warrant having help year round. Not sure on #'s for a ag equipment, but assuming the machine is set up for aux control input, it cost about 30K to upfit a dozer with a topcon system. In that realm it doesn't replace an operator, but does let you have a much less talented/expensive operator in place.
Yeah, I wasn't thinking about a family farm. One of my wife's relatives does custom work in Michigan and the amount of money he has invested in equipment is mind boggling but labor is a drop in the bucket. Last I knew it was around $15/hr.
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lenty of drones & RC helicopters out there spraying the plants as well - i love it







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I had some customers out on a charter a few years ago. It was a CASE Equipment dealer and some of his customers. The conversations that day sounded like they were all finance majors.... Anyway, they were talking about how autonomous all of this equipment is. Most of them are point and click operations and use GPS, autopilots, etc. Full autonomy is not far away in this segment.

I was just having a conversation yesterday about autonomous cars.... We are already there in the Aerospace, Shipping, and Agriculture.
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That tractor is Cool .
Drone sprayers buzzing around sounds like a good idea . I read about crop dusters and some of the spraying required to be done at night which is very dangerous .
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Great idea until it has an issue and is working your field 2 feet off the way it was planted. Nothing against technology but I would not want to be the beta tester.
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Food, inc.
Watch the movie

Eventually the Corporation will phase out the farmer completely after they run them into the ground financially. They'll "acquire" their land and wholly produce food from field to table with little to no human intervention or interference.
Highest mortality rates due to diabetes, cancer, obesity, all in the name of profits.

Enjoy your Chick Filet, B.S. suckers
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Originally Posted by Qb1rdman View Post
That's pretty amazing.

I wonder what the ROI is on something like that? All that technology vs a single low wage operator.
Farming is one of the most dangerous occupations out there. For smaller places where the owner is the operator, I can see the appeal. For larger places, it seems like a big step up in reducing human injuries.
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Originally Posted by ed d View Post
That tractor is Cool .
Drone sprayers buzzing around sounds like a good idea . I read about crop dusters and some of the spraying required to be done at night which is very dangerous .
That's typically due to honey bees.

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I was plowing my uncles farm at age 12 with a 1953 Allis-Chalmers,it was cool at first but then it was row after row after row ....

But you had to stay alert because a crooked row was a sin,the GPS set n go automatic ones I think would be boring,sitting there for hours just watching.

I think because of profit margins the smaller farmers these would be out of reach,price wise.
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That's typically due to honey bees.
That makes sense , I didn't catch that part . The article was about the job as pilots rather than farming .
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The drone sprayers are also using IR and thermal tech to see where pesticide application and irrigation adjustments are needed. Pretty cool stuff happening in farming these days but rarely does it see mainstream attention.

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