These Technologies Are Changing Farms in Some Surprising Ways

As agriculture adopts recent advances in automation and data science, farms will become super-efficient — and perhaps a bit lonely.

Jul.10.2017 / 10:22 AM ET

Main Photo:: Image: Combines harvest wheat on farm near Fort MacLeod ::  /
 Combines harvest wheat in Alberta in 2011.

Steven Melendez

Just as self-driving cars are poised to change the way we get around, smart technology on the farm is set to revolutionize the way we cultivate the food we eat.

Farmers already plant, weed, and harvest crops with the help of sophisticated machinery. But these machines — including huge tractors and combines guided by Earth-orbiting satellites — are about to become a lot smarter and more capable

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