An agriculture innovation competition that brings together students and industry stakeholders kicks off for the third year Thursday in Parke County. The agBOT Challenge, which is held at the 600-acre Gerrish Farms in Rockville, involves the development and demonstration of ag-focused technology by college and university teams. Events within the three-day challenge focus on autonomous, plant identification, harvesting and weed eradication solutions.
Gerrish Farms Chief Executive Officer Steve Gerrish founded the agBOT Challenge and he compares the competition to a "pre-commercial battleground" where teams can demonstrate their ideas in a less marketplace-driven environment than other events with a higher profile.
The featured competitions this year include an autonomous weed and feed challenge and a harvest challenge to pick a ripe watermelon. You can connect to more about the agBOT challenge by clicking here.