Riding in a combine in Indiana during harvest season provides a fresh perspective and an appreciation for our food supply chain.
Thanks to advancing technology, a combine is the largest remote-controlled vehicle used on a farm. It’s programmed to run autonomously with the driver maneuvering the steering wheel when needed and work a joystick that resembles a video game controller. There are monitors collecting data on the crop and atmospheric conditions and cameras that show what is going on in the hopper behind the driver and a rear camera. Glass windows allow the driver to see what is happening in the hopper.