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Autonomous platform debuted at US farm show

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Raven Industries, Inc., the leader in precision agriculture solutions, debuted its autonomous platform, Dot, for the first time at Farm Progress Virtual Experience, one of the largest public farm shows in the United States.

The autonomous platform is compatible with a variety of implements, including New Leader’s NL5000 G5 Crop Nutrient Applicator, which will be shown with the demo. New Leader is a strategic implement partner that will accelerate early adoption for Raven Autonomy. Because of the company’s industry-leading technology, Raven was asked by Farm Progress to offer a close-up look at autonomous machinery in action.

The Dot Power Platform, part of Raven Autonomy, is a mobile diesel-powered platform designed to work autonomously with a wide variety of implements commonly used in agriculture.

The autonomous platform builds on Raven’s portfolio of market-leading precision ag technology, including the company’s recent advancement to full canopy steering and guidance through VSN Visual Guidance. With VSN, machine operators can cover 20% more acres due to increased speed from no longer requiring manual steering. It reduces driver fatigue and misapplication in the field, which can cost growers yield and profit of up to 2%. VSN, the only high-precision non-contact full canopy solution in the industry, uses radar to determine its path. Further integrating automation into precision farming, VSN’s advancements are Raven’s latest technological step towards fully-autonomous solutions.

“Bringing autonomous solutions to the farm will allow us to connect all aspects of the operation for the first time,” said Wade Robey, Executive Director of Raven Autonomy. “We will connect, control and optimize the full precision agricultural ecosystem. This provides farmers greater control and access to more information to optimize decision making. Farmers will see efficiency gains across their entire operation, better equipping them to compete in a challenging world.”

Raven’s advancements in autonomous technology for agriculture operations are aligned and built upon the company’s past years of innovation. From Slingshot connectivity and logistics, to guidance and steering and application control — this full spectrum of technology comes together to increase efficiency across all aspects of an operation.

Raven Industries is dedicated to providing innovative, high-value products and solutions that solve great challenges throughout the world. Raven is a leader in precision agriculture, high-performance specialty films, and lighter-than-air technologies. Since 1956, Raven has designed, produced, and delivered exceptional solutions, earning the company a reputation for innovation, product quality, high performance, and unmatched service. For more information, visit https://ravenind.com.

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