Session
Title: VR Turf/Robotics
Date: Thu Aug 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: Rachel Gerrish
Data Fusion for Precision Turf Management

A process map of managing multiple data sources such as soil nutrient, compaction and moisture information as well as high resolution imagery sources to lead to agronomic decisions. Includes methods used for meeting the expectations of prescription map resolution for the turf industry.

Kirk Stueve (speaker)
Senior GIS Consultant
Frost Inc.
St. Croix Falls, WI 54024
US
Dr. Stueve is an Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He teaches GIS, remote sensing, spatial analysis, field GPS, and landscape ecology while contributing to the development of the GIS Certificate and Center for Geospatial Studies. Dr. Stueve joined Frost Inc in 2015 as a Senior GIS consultant, where he provides advanced GIS, remote sensing and mapping support to the Turfgrass and Agricultural industries. His long line of expertise in the GIS and academic arena include senior analyst and management positions in the private sector and research scientist positions in the public sector. He also has a growing publication record in top international journals such as Remote Sensing of Environment and others. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Minnesota State University Moorhead, MA in environmental studies and GIS at the University of Southern California, and his PhD in geography at Texas A&M University. He currently resides in Shafer, MN with his family. His technical expertise combined with his practical application knowledge are an asset in providing the best customer experience for the turf and ag industry.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Practical Application of High Resolution Prescription Maps for the Turf Industry

Experiences shared about executing precision boundary and variable rate maps with individual nozzle control. Includes a dealer’s perspective on user training and service frequency to meet market demands.

Ken Rost (speaker)
President and Founder
Frost Inc
St. Croix Falls, WI, QC 54024
US
Ken Rost is the founder of Frost Inc which specializes in spray technology products for agriculture and turf care. He has over 20 years of experience in the spray technology field and has been fitting spray equipment with GPS guided application systems for the last 5 years. Prior to Frost Inc, Ken was the OEM and International Sales manager for Pentair/Hypro specializing in agriculture and turf care markets. Ken earned his undergraduate and Master's degrees in Agricultural Science at University of Minnesota. He currently resides on his farm in Shafer MN. Ken's experience working hands-on with precision farming technologies and the people who use it, brings a realistic approach to the execution of prescription maps.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
South Newton/Purdue AgBot

Our presentation will include our project’s evolution from the beginning to what it is today. We will touch base on all of the components that were used in order to make this machine autonomous, as well as fully functional in modern day production agriculture. Our goal is to educate people on what ideas succeeded, as well as which ones failed. We have data to show the functionality of our AgBot, and we will be explaining the benefits to producers and consumers of how large scale automation in agriculture is feasible in years to come. 

Lucas Clifford (speaker)
South Newton
Kentland, IN 47951
US
Lucas Clifford was raised in suburban Lake County, Indiana for the majority of his childhood. At age 14, he moved to rural Newton County, Indiana where he began the 8th grade at South Newton School Corporation. He graduated in 2016 with a Core 40 plus Technical Honors Diploma. He will begin his college career at Ivy Tech with intentions of transferring to Purdue University to study Mechanical Engineering Technology. He credits his interest in agriculture and MET to the years he spent at South Newton in FFA and the experiences gained from living in a rural community. Lucas hopes for an exciting career in agriculture.
Kurt Vissering (speaker)
South Newton
Brook, IN 47922
US
Kurt Vissering grew up in Northwest Indiana but spent his weekends working on his family
Alex Vitous (speaker)
South Newton
Kentland, IN 47951
US
Alex Vitous was raised in St. Anne, Illinois for the majority of his childhood. At age 14, he moved to Kentland, Indiana where he began the 9th grade at South Newton School Corporation. He graduated in 2016 with a Technical Honors Diploma. He will be attending Ivy Tech with intentions of transferring to Purdue University to study agronomy. He hopes to use this education in agronomy to grow his family farm. He has always had an interest in agriculture growing up on the family farm where many of his daily tasks included problem solving and fabrication.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
University of Regina AgBot Team

Sam Dietrich, Caleb Friedrick, Joshua Friedrick, and Dean Kertai of the University of Regina Ag Robotics team will talk about their first place finish in the Ag Bot competition this year. 

Rockville Indiana opened the door of a new era of agriculture through the agbot competition held in May this year. The competition attracted a variety of autonomous corn planting prototypes.  The University of Regina agbot winning solution complements existing machinery to provide dual functionality between manual and fully autonomous modes. An intuitive ground control station software is used to command and control the agbot, as well as display real time feedback. Software on the tractor includes navigation and control using the feedback of a RTK-GPS. Despite the trend in farming to use WAAS, RTK-GPS has many advantages including accuracy and repeatability, where WAAS fails due to drift. Simple off the shelf actuators and sensors can be used in cascaded closed loop control to execute planned missions. Fully autonomous robots can help us farm, but the implementation of autonomy should not be at the cost of control and maintenance for users. 

Caleb Friedrick (speaker)
University of Regina
Caleb is a recent graduate of the Industrial systems program at the University of Regina, achieving the Dean's Honor list and numerous awards throughout his University career. Caleb is greatly interested in robotics, programming, and mechatronics.
Joshua Friedrick (speaker)
University of Regina
Joshua is a recent graduate of the Industrial systems program at the University of Regina. He has over two years’ experience working with consultant engineering firm WPS Global, doing municipal engineering related work involving CAD drafting, GPS, and total station surveying. He also enjoys programming and has been developing Autodesk applications in the .NET language for over a year now.
Dean Kertai (speaker)
University of Regina
Dean Kertai is a civil engineering technologist who has experience in the fields of municipal infrastructure, geomatics, and CAD. He also enjoys programming and has developed several desktop and mobile applications over the past 10 years.
Length (approx): 40 min