With GPS-guided tractors, farmers just along for the ride
Moultrie, Georgia-AP -- Yet another use for Global Positioning System technology -- precise farming.G-P-S-guided tractors can move down a row of crops with far greater accuracy than human drivers. A farmer can veer off course by up to a foot and the satellite system will keep the rows accurate within an inch.
The high-tech tractors have been a favorite at farm shows for the past couple of years. This October, for the first time, peanuts harvested after being planted by a G-P-S tractor will be featured at the 26th annual Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Georgia.
The tractor does require a driver to turn the vehicle around at the end of a row. It also requires accurate number punching, because plug in the wrong number and you're in the woods.
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