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Raven Advances Autonomous Agriculture with Two Raven Autonomy Product Debuts

Raven Industries debuted two new autonomous agriculture solutions at CNH Industrial’s Tech Day event in Phoenix, Ariz., in December 2022: the Driverless Tillage Solution and the Driver Assist Harvest Solution. These solutions aim to expand on the brand’s Raven Autonomy portfolio to provide additional support across the cash crop production cycle over multiple seasons.

The new systems are the latest advancements in Raven’s Path to Autonomy program, which encourages customers to pursue more efficiency, profitability and sustainability by investing in increasing levels of farming automation, the company said. Integrated with CNH Industrial’s product development, Raven said it creates solutions that help customers prepare for full-scale autonomy in their operations.

“As our customers continue to face rising costs, labor constraints, decreasing land availability and short operational windows, our purpose continues to drive us to develop autonomous solutions that help them solve those challenges,” said Eric Shuman, general manager of Raven Industries. “The Driverless Tillage Solution and Driver Assist Harvest Solution developments are proof that we are expanding these autonomous capabilities into all areas of the cash crop cycle, helping farmers capitalize on additional efficiencies and cost savings in all seasons.”

The Raven Autonomy Driverless Tillage Solution pairs with Case IH tractor and tillage platforms, giving farmers more productivity with richer data insights in their tillage operations, the company said. Users can plan and execute precise tillage jobs with consistent agronomic results. The Raven Autonomy tech stack allows farmers to reallocate labor resources to maximize efficiency. The Driverless Tillage Solution also facilitates soil management. The system leverages Case IH tillage automation to provide full implement control, seedbed sensing and agronomic prescription capabilities to optimize soil quality. This results in more consistent agronomic results with more comprehensive data reports, Raven said.

The Raven Autonomy™ Driver Assist Harvest Solution will give grain cart operators of all skill levels the tools to drive with confidence, addressing the market’s limited availability of skilled labor by decreasing the level of training needed to operate like a pro. The technology stack synchronizes the path and speed of the tractor during an “unload on the go” operation using a precise GPS signal. This decreases grain spillage and reduces operator stress. Ultimately, the Driver Assist Harvest Solution simplifies the complexity of harvest operations. The holistic solution ensures that settings are automatically accounted for, including propulsion, guidance and functional controls. Driver Assist technology will allow anyone to operate like a pro while maintaining discretionary control.

“CNH Industrial allows us to develop autonomy faster and on more platforms. We have access to the teams, technology and platforms needed to accelerate this development,” said John Preheim, Vice President of Product Development at Raven Industries. “Overall, collaborating across a customer-oriented organization with a worldwide reach enables us to provide autonomy solutions that solve global agricultural challenges long-term.”  

To learn more about Raven Industries, visit its website here.

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