Agriculture and Autonomy: Scott Garvey interviews Sask. DOT owner
We’ve heard lots about the coming revolution of self-driving cars. Some of the biggest tech giants on the planet like Google and Tesla are working hard to bring this to roads around the world.
But closer to home, with far less fanfare, farmers are already bringing autonomy to the field in the form of SeedMaster’s fully autonomous DOT unit.
Dustin Burns, who farms near Kandahar, Sask., is one of the first farmers to own an early-release DOT platform.
“This year, obviously, it required significant oversight, as everyone wants to be careful,” he told Glacier FarmMedia machinery editor Scott Garvey during the 2019 Ag in Motion farm show.
“It’s an autonomous machine without an operator on it. We had a lot of rules and regulations to make sure we didn’t have a bad incident.”
Burns, who also comes from an engineering background, saw an opportunity to be an early adopter of equipment he says could be the norm in just a few years. At the time of the show, Burns had so far used the DOT for this year’s spring seeding. He stressed that while many things are similar, there is still a lot to learn.