Weed & Feed Competition 2018
May 18th, 2018 | Gerrish Farms | Rockville, Indiana
The Weed & Feed Competition challenges teams to create an autonomous machine capable of navigating a corn field to identify plants such as the corn crop and weeds. Upon identification of the corn plant, the machine should determine if the plant is healthy or in distress, requiring fertilizer to be applied by the machine. Upon identification of a weed, the machine should eradicate the weed chemically and/or mechanically. Teams may use a variety of solutions, combining elements of solutions in different markets and/or creating innovative solutions designed for their machine. To submit a proposal or learn more, contact Rachel Gerrish email@example.com
Site Conditions May 2018 Gerrish Farms, Rockville, Indiana
● Silty clay loam with conventional tillage (sod if too wet for tilled soil)
● Corn height 6-12 inches, weed height 6-12 inches
● 30 inch rows, turn radius at end 60 feet
Objective: Produce an unmanned, autonomous machine that will achieve the following goals. Teams will be scored in Mechanics, Software, Innovative Solution, and Execution.
*Further details on scoring To Be Announced (TBA).
|Autonomously maneuver two or four 500-ft rows at a time and autonomously turn at each end. The agBOT shall make two 500-ft passes.||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Autonomously observe crop plants and fertilize plants as needed||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Identify three common weeds: giant ragweed, cocklebur, and redroot pigweed within and between rows||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Arrange for weed to be destroyed either chemically or mechanically as the agBOT moves through the field||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|Provide real time observation methods of movement, plant identification, fertilization, and/or treatment of plants back to the base station||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
To learn more about Weed & Feed Competition 2017, please visit 2017 Events.
Proposal Submission Opens: September 12th, 2017
Proposal Deadline: November 1st, 2017
Teams Announced: November 10th, 2017
*All are welcome to attend the Info Sessions and the virtual Workshop I: Section One and Section Two. Only teams accepted into the Competitions are allowed to participate in the Workshops and Sprints which follow. Ongoing artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are planned for sprint completions in both competitions to develop learning databases and characterizations of plants, weeds, and produce.
Starting on September 12th, 2017 event producers will be hosting virtual info sessions to discuss opportunities for involvement. Information about competing, project design/timelines, proposals, requirements, previous events, sponsorship, volunteering, attendance and more will be discussed.
Monday Info Sessions: 1:30pm Eastern
Thursday Info Sessions: 9:30am Eastern
Final Info Session will be held on Monday, October 30th, 2017.
To attend info sessions: Call in 1-641-715-3580 Enter access code 798-873
VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS AND SPRINTS
Teams are encouraged, but not required, to attend the virtual workshops and sprints throughout the year in an effort to further the development of their project. *More details To Be Announced (TBA)
|October 10th, 2017||Workshop I
|November 20th, 2017||Workshop II and Sprint
|January 10th, 2018||Workshop III Strategy Building for 2018:
|February 20th, 2018||Sprint: TBA|
|March 20th, 2018||Sprint: TBA|
|April 20th, 2018||Sprint: TBA|
|May 7 – 11, 2018||Workshop IV One on One Presentation Review|
● Teams may choose to compete in one or both competitions.
● Applicants may begin submitting proposals September 11th, 2017. When team roster is at capacity for both competitions, proposals will no longer be accepted. All proposals will be accepted, denied or wait-listed within ten days of receipt. Proposals deadline November 1st, 2017.
● Devices must have a “kill switch” in case of emergency.
● Teams must be present for NextGen Expo on May 17th, 2018.
● $2,500 entry fee; $1,000 to be returned upon physical attendance to competition
● There is no limit on age or number of team members.
● Teams are not required to be associated with an organization and/or university.
● At least three members of the team are required to attend the event and present results with or without a machine
● Teams may use a variety of solutions in the market from various industries and/or new innovative solutions created by the team.
● Teams are encouraged, but not required, to attend the virtual workshops and sprints throughout the year in an effort to further the development of their project.
*Rules may be modified by the agBOT organizers at any time. Cash prizes totaling at least $100,000 will be awarded. Judges to be announced by May 1st, 2018.