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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The goal of the Invest Nebraska Corp. is to make the Cornhusker state a leader in agricultural technology. They are just one of the 60 finalists awarded for the Build Back Better Challenge.
Grain Weevil is one of five ag tech startup businesses featured in the Ag Innovation Showcase sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America.
A Grain Weevil concept designed to improve grain bin safety is slowly but surely gaining traction and credibility as father and son co-founders Chad and Ben Johnson report significant progress in developing the foundation and funding needed to take their product to market nationwide.
Grain bins can be deadly for farmers who need to get inside to shift grain. Three guys had an idea; build robots to do the job instead.
AURORA, Neb. (KOLN) - It's a tragic reality in the world of farming: getting trapped or even dying while working in grain bins.
A robotic dairy farm might sound like an idea straight out of a science fiction novel to some, but for Darleen Sichley, it's actually old news.
The idea came from a couple of farmers visiting after church about finding a way to stay out of grain bins. The result, after two years of tinkering and testing, is the new Grain Weevil.
Working in a grain bin is one of the most dangerous jobs in one of the most dangerous industries: agriculture.
LINCOLN, Neb. You will probably never hear a farmer get excited to having to jump into a grain bin.
A special episode today on an ag innovation. The Grain Weevil will help keep farmers safe and save lives by keeping farmers and their shovels out of grain bins and allowing a robot to do the work.
Ben Johnson (left) and Zane Zents recently won a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for their grain-safety robot, the Grain Weevil.
Ben Johnson talks about the game-changing piece of technology for farmers Grain Weevil.
A few times a year, farmers have to do a dangerous task; go inside large grain bins to take care of their harvest. Last year, more than 30 of them were trapped inside silos in the U.S., according to Purdue University.
The Grain Weevil was created by Ben Johnson and Zane Zents after a farmer asked them to make a robot that keeps them out of grain bins.
A pair of recent UNL graduates are working on a robot to keep grain farmers out of the grain bin. Ben Johnson just graduated from the University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in electrical engineering. Johnson, his father and teammate Zane Zents have created the robot, Grain Weevil.
A pair of recent UNL graduates are working on a robot to keep grain farmers out of the grain bin.
Weevils are grain devouring pests farmers don't want to see in their storage bins. But they may actually welcome a robotic one.
What if you never had to risk your life again by entering a dangerous grain bin? A robot could make that a reality.
The Grain Weevil is a small robot designed to maintain grain, eliminating the need for farmers to enter bins, which can be dangerous and even fatal.
LINCOLN, Neb. Two University of Nebraska engineering students have been awarded a Lemelson- MIT Student Prize for their invention designed to keep grain farmers safe.
The Grain Weevil powered by JLI Robotics is a mobile robot that scurries across the top of the grain inside of a storage bin performing tasks that no human should ever do. The startup Is led by Ben Johnson and Zane Zents, who are part of the AgLaunch 365 program and recently received the 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
The Grain Weevil powered by JLI Robotics is a mobile robot that scurries across the top of the grain inside of a storage bin performing tasks that no human should ever do.
The Grain Weevil is a grain bin safety and management robot.
A pair of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students developed a tool that would eliminate the need for farmers to enter grain bins.
Grain Weevil scurries across the top of the grain within a bin, smoothing out clumps to properly aerate and easily extract grain
Two University of Nebraska Lincoln engineering students have been awarded a Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for their invention designed to keep grain farmers safe.
Grain Weevil has created a robot that can keep farmers out of the grain bins.
The Grain Weevil robot weighs in at only 26 lbs. and is just 18 in. long, but turn it loose inside a grain bin and it will do the work of a couple of men.
TECHNOLOGY KEEPS FARMERS OUT OF GRAIN BINS.
There is a lot happening in the agtech world these days with a steady stream of gadgets and gizmos always being introduced.