MARICOPA, Ariz.— DOT Technology Corp., and New Leader Mfg., are proud to announce their collaboration on a state-of-the-art dry spreader for the DOT Power Platform. This agreement will advance autonomous agriculture by strengthening an already robust offering of DOT-ready implements, including the SeedMaster 30-foot drill, the Connect PLU S120 Sprayer and C40 Coulter and the SeedMaster grain cart. 

The New Leader engineering team recently unveiled a CAD drawing of their concept at the demonstration hosted by DOT Technology Corp. at the University of Arizona, Maricopa Research Farm.   

New Leader is designing a custom dry spreader based on their NL5000 G5 for the DOT Power Platform. The G5, through its patented swath width control technology, lets operators apply nutrients to the soil with pinpoint accuracy. The G5 can spread material in up to 16 sections, thereby reducing overlap, decreasing nutrient waste, and optimizing the placement of nutrients; making it a perfect accessory for farmers pursuing precision fertilizer application.

As DOT Technology Corp. increases the number of implement partners it is working with, farmers will have more implements they can use on their power platforms, thus increasing the versatility of the Power Platform.  

“We are keen to continue working with other implement manufacturers who are seeking to extend their products into autonomous farming,” said DOT CEO Leah Olson-Friesen. “Our collaboration with companies like New Leader will broaden DOT’s value to farmers significantly, enabling them to spend more of their time focusing on the overall operation of their farms.”

The innovative DOT Power Platform is helping farmers in myriad ways, by utilizing the mobile, diesel-powered, machine to handle a large variety of implements commonly used in agriculture. Through the continuous development of artificial intelligence capabilities, DOT reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates efficiencies such as: approximately 20 percent savings on fuel, labour, and equipment capital costs – resulting in a re-imagination of how farming is and can be done.