Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Paul Hishmeh
The Laird corn and soybean farm in NW Indiana has evolved from men managing mules to men watching automated machines perform field operations at a distance over the span of two generations. Kyler Laird will present his experience with developing driverless farm equipment and discuss the future that he is pursuing in his new company, Sabanto, co-founded with Craig Rupp.
What do you care about most in your business? If you are anything like us, it’s providing more value to clients, doing that as efficiently as possible, and growing your business. We will be using what we have learned in robotic soil sampling as a case study for this conversation on finding hidden efficiency and value opportunities. We will have some fun with longstanding industry “traditions” and you will be challenged to look at things from a different angle. You will come away from this talk with practical strategies to increase your value and efficiency to your clients, in turn helping you grow your business.
Technology in the dairy barn has evolved over the years from a desire to become more efficient and provide a more stable environment for dairy livestock. In the past 25 years we have seen a strong uptake in the field of dairy automation especially in all sizes of operations. From these early innovators we have begun to truly revolutionize dairy management from the data we have gathered, and has been able to give insight as to the direction our industry is heading. With dairy automation, we have found a way to manage the needs of an individual animal in a group setting.
Smart Ag is a company that has developed a state of the art Autonomous Platform that will be commercial released in April of 2020. Their system is in the final round of Beta testing this summer and fall. Tim Norris Business Director for the Eastern Region of Smart Ag, will share the path that the company has taken to get to where they are today, some of the obstacles that they have had to overcome, their vision for the future of their platform and some obstacles that they have to figure out in order to obtain that vision.