By Owen Reimer
Flatwater Free Press 

Robot-loving Nebraska family invented one meant to save Nebraska farmers


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The Grain Weevil at work inside a grain bin. The robot, the first product of a Nebraska startup, is designed to do a variety of shoveling and leveling tasks inside a grain bin that are difficult and often dangerous for farmers.

Each year, dozens of American farmers are injured or killed after they climb into a grain bin.

A father-son duo from Aurora founded their one-of-a-kind company with one mission: No more boots in that grain.

Chad Johnson and son Ben Johnson have created a robot, the Grain Weevil, meant to do most of the necessary – and oft-dangerous – tasks that farmers do inside their bins.

The pair started developing their robot in 2020, after a farmer friend asked them to build a robot so the farmer would never have to go inside a bin again.

There's ample reason to want to stay out of grain bins, the large m...

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