AGCO Corporation, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery and precision ag technology, announced today plans to build a state-of-the-art test farm in Casselton, N.D. This strategic initiative aims to develop innovative farming practices to create a truly sustainable farm, specifically focusing on precision agriculture technologies and high-value retrofit solutions. The 300-acre operation, named “Dakota Smart Farm,” will make AGCO an anchor tenant at the Grand Farm Innovation Campus, which fosters innovative research and technology to solve agricultural challenges. AGCO-owned company Appareo, based in Fargo, N.D., will lead the farm with agronomists, scientists, engineers and agricultural experts to execute agronomic studies and host tours to educate farmers on sustainable and precision ag farming practices.
The Dakota Smart Farm will be a living laboratory to develop and refine technologies that optimize crop production, resource utilization and overall farm management. The initiative is part of AGCO’s larger purpose and vision to create farmer-focused smart solutions that sustainably feed the world.
In addition to precision agriculture, AGCO’s farm will focus on retrofit technologies for many brands of farm equipment. Retrofit solutions allow existing machinery to be upgraded with advanced features and functionalities, enabling farmers to embrace the latest technologies without entirely replacing their equipment. By investing in retrofit technologies such as intelligent sensing, autonomous capabilities and data connectivity, AGCO is making sustainable farming practices accessible and affordable for a broader range of farmers.
Dakota Smart Farm will be contiguous with other plots at Grand Farm’s Innovation Campus. Grand Farm is part of a larger education and research initiative to accelerate technology innovations for farms of the future.