Precision agriculture techniques hold much promise for Idaho specialty crops potentially allowing growers to maximize yield while controlling crop input costs. However, the detailed monitoring of crop inputs and health required by precision agriculture adds to an already expensive manual labor burden that specialty crop growers must shoulder. One way that labor costs can be reduced and labor-intensive precision agriculture techniques made feasible is through the use of robotic automation. This research project seeks to design and prototype the IdaBot – a low-cost, autonomous utility robot to assist Idaho specialty-crop growers in the day-to-day maintenance and harvesting of their crops. The goal of the first IdaBot prototype is to autonomously navigate a vineyard using passive radio frequency tag (RFID) markers and demonstrate precision application of chemicals to grapes.


Team Members

Lucas A. Pomeroy - Student
Richard E. Grindstaff III - Student
Cole Logemann - Student
Quentin Fredrick - Student
Dr. Joshua Griffin - PI
Dr. Duke Bulanon - Co-PI


This project is jointly funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Northwest Nazarene University. We also thank Williamson Orchards and Bitner Vineyards for their cooperation on this project.