Alberta company designs system to equip tractors for driverless grain bagging

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A Grande Prairie, Alta. company that designed an aftermarket remote-control system for controlling a tractor’s PTO and hydraulics has now developed a driverless system for grain bagging.

RCFarmArm’s new GPS-controlled steering system for grain bagging tractors was on display as part of the Innovation Showcase at Manitoba Ag Days in Brandon, MB this week.

“It’s the industry’s first steering system designed specifically for grain bagging,” says RCFarmArm owner and farmer Vincent Pawluski, in the interview below.

The system includes an RTK base station, a touch screen display, and a steering module featuring a unique 3-wheel design (pictured above).

“It will only steer when the tractor moves, and will only when moving under 2 miles per hour,” he explains.

In addition to savings on labour, the time spent running back and forth, and tractor hours, Pawluski notes not having a crooked bag also makes snow clearing and extraction of grain easier.

Pawluski says sees potential for the system to also be adapted to slow-moving applications in vegetable production.

Check out the video below for more on the unique RCFarmArmStr8 system for grain bagging, filmed at the 2023 edition of Manitoba Ag Days:

Related: RC FarmArm aims to enhance efficiency and safety with innovative PTO controller

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