The InsightTRAC Rover is the winner of the Ag Robot Of The Year award. This autonomous rover removes Navel Orangeworm infested nuts, so-called mummies, from almond orchards.
InsightTRAC Rover looks like a turnkey solution that farmers can easily adopt without having to change their farming practiceA motivation expressed by the jury is that ‘the rover is not only performing its task in new and more sustainable way. It also looks like a turnkey solution that farmers can easily adopt without having to change their farming practice’.
Gerrit Kurstjens is a pioneering farmer who has already clocked up 40,000 ha of autonomous operations with tractors on 13,000 ha of cropping area at Beefwood Farms, Moree in New South Wales, Australia.
Chuck Baresich is the general manager of Haggerty Creek, the Ontario agribusiness and robotic equipment dealer and a driving force behind a local robotics research project.
Walter Kihm is the 8th generation of farmers in his family. He has been working on his family farm in France at Rochefort sur la côte since 2017. The farm consists of 700 ha. Since 2018 they produce organic crops such as chickpeas, wheat, sunflowers and red peas. In 2016 they started a farm in Ukraine with 21 000 ha of conventional farming.
Laurent lives in Paris 14ème. His current position is AXEMA Générale Manager since June 2022. Laurent has always worked in agricultural engineering from the start of his career. Over the past decades, he has worked as a general manager at French manufacturers such as Gregoire (tillage implements), Lucas G (feed mixers), Tecnoma EXEL Group (sprayers) and Manip M-Extend Group (loaders).
Ian Beecher-Jones has been involved with precision agriculture for the last 20 years, providing consultancy services for multi-national manufacturers around the world. Ian is also a co-owner of JoJo’s Vineyard a 2,2 ha vineyard in South Oxfordshire. The vineyard has recently won an Innovate UK project to explore the opportunities for the digitisation of vineyards using robots, drones and a range of sensing and scanning tools.
Steve farms with his son. They grow corn and soybeans on about 5000 acres in IL near Chicago. Steve is also the current Chairman of the IL Soybean Association. He has consulted on many agtech matters over the last 10 years and has a close friendship with an individual that is in the autonomous startup space.
Frederico is head of innovation & strategy at SLC since 2006. SLC is a farm in Brazil for research, development, and education. Frederico was responsible for establishing the company´s innovation department, which is comprised today of an entrepreneurship program, a startup connection program, and SLC Ventures, a venture capital arm. Frederico is also a member of the Board at Instituto Caldeira, an innovation hub for Rio Grande do Sul state.
Michael Nichols runs a mixed farming business in sisters creek, Tasmania. They grow a variety of crops like potatoes, onions, poppies, pyrethrum, wheat, barley, mustard and corn. Additionally, they run a few beef cattle on the side. In 2021 his farm won the national Australian government innovation in agriculture land management award.
Maxence Guillaumot comes from a French arable farming family. After starting his career in the development of agricultural tractors, he joined an agricultural robotic company, as a robotics advisor. Now, he helps AgTech companies and growers to build the agriculture of tomorrow, as a product and market analyst. He also writes and films about robots for Future Farming.
Bram is a researcher in precision agriculture and robotics at Wageningen University & Research (WUR). Besides that, he is closely involved with Farm of the Future, a Dutch initiative in which WUR and Dutch farmers of the future are working together on feasible solutions to the challenges faced by agriculture in the Netherlands.
René Koerhuis graduated from Wageningen University & Research in 1998. He started out his career as a ‘Precision Farming Specialist’ at a well-known machine manufacturer. Following that, he fulfilled several product management and marketing roles for different companies after which he started his own company early 2013. He currently is an editor for several titles and websites and specialises in precision agriculture and robotics.
Mick Roberts is an agricultural journalist specialising in spray application technology, drones and precision farming. He edits Pro Operator magazine as well as www.eioperator.com a spraying information and training website.
Geert Hekkert has been editor-in-chief of Future Farming since 2019. Before that, he was editor-in-chief of Boerderij, the largest independent magazine for farmers in the Netherlands. He also founded the National Fieldlab for Precision Farming (NPPL) project in 2017. In this project, farmers work closely with researchers at Wageningen University to test new technology in practice.