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It’s often said that before you can reap the harvest, you must sow the seed. And thanks to three University of Regina engineering students, seeding just got easier!
The students competed in the 2016 agBOT Challenge to develop the most efficient unmanned crop seeder capable of planting two varieties of seed over half-mile-long rows, while providing real-time data. The team, consisting of students Joshua Friedrick, Caleb Friedrick, and Sam Dietrich, under the supervision of Dr.
Mehran Mehrandezh in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, earned a first place finish in the international competition. The technology may soon enable
farmers to seed and fertilize their fields without having to step onto a tractor.
The students won $50,000 (USD), attracted attention from several North American agriculture companies, and sowed the seeds for a very bright future.
Former student Dean Kertai (left) provided technical expertise, while team members
Caleb Friedrick, Sam Dietrich and Joshua Friedrick developed the seeder.