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Haggerty Creek is the first DOT unit operator in Ontario. DOT arrived in Bothwell on May 13, 2020, and has already taken to the fields of Chatham-Kent to be used in commercial fertilizer application.
DOT is a built-in-Canada autonomous farming platform that was first showcased at the 2018 Precision Agriculture Conference in London, Ontario. Chuck Baresich, general manager of Haggerty Creek, attended conference and said, "the concept of a single power unit with multiple attachments is such an exciting technology. DOT was so far along in development when I first saw them, and I have been following their progress ever since." Baresich saw them again at the 2019 Canada's Outdoor Farm Show, and visited their research farm in Regina, Saskatchewan in October.
The practical and immediate application for Haggerty Creek is operator efficiency. The operator can be answering calls and providing service to customers while the machine is spreading product in the field. Baresich says, "There are other things our staff can be doing, rather than driving the machine."
DOT Technology Corp. (DOT®), a leader in autonomous platforms, was purchased by Raven Industries in early May 2020. As an award-winning Raven Industries dealer, Baresich's decision to move ahead with the technology was made, "I knew there was going to be a solid investment behind this technology. Autonomous farming isn't coming. It's here. DOT is the first step, and we wanted to lead the charge."
AGRIS Co-operative general manager Jim Campbell says autonomy is the word this year, "Haggerty and AGRIS are always bringing you what's next. This is what's next."
Baresich is a big Star Wars fan. "When I first saw R2-D2 and C3-PO, I've always loved robotics. I imagined what could that do for agriculture. Plus, it's fun," he said.
Haggerty Creek Ltd. is jointly owned by the Baresich brothers, Chuck and Justin, and AGRIS Co-operative Ltd. Haggerty has been active in precision farming for many years, specializing in controllers and farmer training. Now they are early adopters of autonomous farming equipment with the purchase of the DOT platform and an additional smaller unit for soil sampling and other applications.
AGRIS Co-operative Ltd. is a 100 per cent farmer-owned grain marketing and farm-input supply company that serves more than 1,000 farmer-owners in 14 locations in Essex, Kent, Elgin, Middlesex and Lambton counties. They are a leader in precision farming technology, seed, agronomy and petroleum services. The co-operative is a partner of Great Lakes Grain, a grain merchandising company. AGRIS Co-operative is a member-owner of GROWMARK, Inc. and markets products and services under the FS brand.