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Self-driving tractors sow the seeds for high-tech farmingFarmers have been able to drive tractors hands-free for years. Now, there's even more technology to help with planting and harvesting. CNET's Shara Tibken visited John Deere's test farm in Iowa.
[MUSIC] We actively grow corn and soy beans and raise cattle, we found so many benefits for using the technology, anything from being able to run a lot longer at night because we have Autotrack. Autotrack is essentially the ability for the machine to set a point here and it'll snap a line directly in front of you and it'll drive straight on that track for you every time [MUSIC] Auto track vision gives the operator the ability to follow that crop row, allowing the sprayer to drive down between the rows, without damaging that crop. Using a monocle camera That focuses on and sees the differences between your row and the soil. [MUSIC] These displays help the producer run the machine, actually do automated guidance through our auto-track product. Allow section control to make sure you dont over-apply where you've already been. This iPad works together with whichever. Integrated display that you have, and provides that visualization of what's actually being done. [MUSIC] We have applications, seeds are mobile like we see here and then harvest mobile that you would use in a combine. That would work with those respective field operations to visualize that information for the customer and give them confidence that the work that they're doing is gonna yield the outcomes that they really invested their money in. [MUSIC] So as the tractors and the combines are coming from the factory packed with all these sensors and controllers that help them not only do the job down to within an inch of accuracy, but also record what's happening. How much product am I pulling off the field? So what am I harvesting? How much am I harvesting? Where am I harvesting? Where are my seed placements. Are they within the spec of the plan that I have out there or am I missing the mark a little bit. We know which is our most productive ground and our least productive ground. So we can essentially mitigate the risk going all the way across our farm.