A staggering contrast in farm machinery technology showcased in Saskatchewan

Clyde Hall driving his 1918 tractor and plough alongside the DOT field robot. (photo courtesy Chris Morson)

Farm machinery and practices have advanced at an amazing rate over the last one hundred years. Whether it was the move from steel wheels to rubber, the increase in implement width, or the advent of digital technology, farming has changed significantly since many of our families immigrated to Canada many years ago.

Just how much things have changed was on display this past week at Gerry Farms — run by Jay, Greg, and Tyler Gerry — near Griffin, Saskatchewan.

Clyde Hall brought his 1918 International tractor and mogul plough out to run alongside a demo of the DOT autonomous field robot.

DOT, which was started in Saskatchewan by Seedmaster’s Norbert Beaujot and acquired by Raven Precision last year, is one of the leading autonomous projects in agriculture.

Derian Lang, technician for DOT, shared this video of the two machines at work on Twitter:

Farmers can debate whether robotics are a positive change in agriculture, but the contrast showcased in the video is staggering.

Chris Morson, also with DOT, tweeted some pictures of the historical tractor unit used in the video (and shared the above feature image with us.)


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