Cal Poly Students Take Second at AgBot Challenge 2017
A team of students from the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department, Cal Poly was awarded Second Place and $15,000 at the AgBot challenge June 23-25, in Rockville, Indiana. The team created an autonomous tractor that could move through a field and plant up to four rows of corn seeds with seeding rate, seeds variety, and fertilizer remote controlled. The team, consisting of BRAE majors Ryan Vyenielo, Charlie Ross, Dillon Beatty, Caleb Fink, Austin Della, Nate McCarthy and Matthew Valentine, was one of seven teams to compete in this national seeding competition. Dr. Bo Liu from the BRAE department advised the students and provided technical guidance. Dr. Peter Livingston, the BRAE department head, strongly supported the team and provided a tractor for the competition. The team was also funded by the IRA, Cal Poly.