ASI Cultivates Interest in Robotic Technologies at the Precision Farming Expo

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ASI's robotic Ford Escape was featured at July's Cache Valley Robotics Fair. The event is one of the only places in the world to get a ride in a fully autonomous vehicle.

Amid years of rich aviation history displayed at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, the Precision Farming Expo (PFE) held its second annual meeting. The conference agenda included presentations on issues and trends in agriculture, and growers came from as far away as California and Canada to explore an international lineup of emerging technologies in the exhibit hall.

Making its first appearance in the rich orchard and vineyard region of the Pacific Northwest, ASI's Forge showed growers the benefits of farming robotics.

"It was great to meet growers and hear their concerns," said Matt Droter, Product Owner for ASI. "They're interested in seeing our technology work and discussing how it can help them." Many attendees were familiar with the precision agriculture technologies in current OEM vehicles but were excited to see robotics making headway.

"People didn't know or were even surprised to find out that we have the capability of running driverless," said Droter. "One grower said his biggest challenge was spraying 1500 miles of orchards in five days at two miles per hour. That's a fairly common scenario, particularly in specialty crops, and it's something that can be done robotically."

Mel Torrie, ASI’s President and CEO, gave one of the keynote presentations in the Evergreen Museum's IMAX theater. His session "Changing Gears: How Robotics is Revolutionizing the Way We Grow," gave growers a window into how farming automation is already making positive impacts on efficiency, safety, and yields.

"Most people are surprised when we tell them that we have driverless vehicles out doing productive work for farmers today. Our customers are already coming up with new ways to leverage robotic technology to gather data and change how they grow their crops."