VersaLand Farm operates forward of common practice, and we're proud of that. Here's one way we innovate:
In our work to maximize profits and be an energy independent farm, we focus on resilient technologies. The constant question is, "How do we foster independence?'
Grant Schultz, hacker-in-residence at VersaLand Farm, built an electric-powered tractor. Used for planting, cultivating, mowing and hauling; it's a true plug-in, charged from the conventional grid, photovoltaic panels, or turbines.
Some innovative features:
- E-PTOs Tractor has electric power takeoffs. Instead of using inefficient mechanical PTO shafts, powered implements attach quickly with a special Anderson plug. This adds all sorts of efficiencies and versatility.
- DC/AC Inverter The tractor uses a 2500W power inverter to supply two traditional 110V AC outlets. This means ANYTHING you would typically plug into the wall of your home can be used in the middle of a field. Drills, chargers, lights, and saws are all effortless.
- On-board Charger The tractor plugs into a regular 110V wall socket to charge. The charger is programmed to automatically shut off when the batteries are full, avoiding overcharging and extending battery life.
- USB ports Charge your smartphone while on the tractor.
- Waterproof Stereo System Adopted from marine applications, combined with a line-in from an iPhone, the tractor operator can listen to podcasts or stream Pandora for the operator, crops, and field workers. Music for motivation.
- No-till Cultivator Using the E-PTO system, this tractor can selectively mow down strips of cover crop, leave it as mulch, and no-till plant into the residue. In one pass. Burning no diesel fuel.