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Stout, New Holland team to offer smart cultivatorsStout, New Holland team to offer smart cultivators

Short time window after flooding limited herbicide use.

Todd Fitchette

May 30, 2023

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Stout CEO Brent Shedd
Stout offers smart cultivators capable of mechanically removing weeds in multiple-line operations, including leafy greens and tomatoes. The machines, according to Stout CEO Brent Shedd, are being offered for sale internationally and will be serviced and sold through an agreement with New Holland.Todd Fitchette

Salinas Valley vegetable growers pinched for time to plant this spring due to the epic floods there were limited in their ability to use pre-emergent herbicides. This brought on a new appreciation for mechanical weed control technology developed by Stout.

“Because of the rain, the season’s behind, so people are trying to get plants in the ground as fast as possible,” said Stout CEO Brent Shedd in early May.

Stout’s pull-behind smart cultivator includes artificial intelligence (AI) and proprietary vision technology to distinguish crops. Shedd said the technology gained a greater appreciation with the inability to use pre-emergent herbicides at the outset of lettuce season in the Salinas Valley.

The machine uses the tractor’s PTO to provide electricity to the alternator. “Other than that, they’re completely self-contained,” he said.

Relatively new to the Stout lineup is a new relationship between Stout and New Holland. Last December the two companies inked a deal where in New Holland will sell and service the Stout machines through their global network of dealerships.

“It means that all of the sudden the dealer can finance it, rent it, lease it to you, and even give you a great deal on a cultivator and a tractor,” Shedd continued.

Continued interest

According to Shedd, the relationship with New Holland came as Stout received continued interest from U.S. and international growers. The concern, he shared, was his company’s inability to service machines on the East Coast or in Australia from his Salinas, Calif. headquarters.

“We either had to stand up our own service centers and hire reps all of over the place, or do some kind of deal like this,” he said.

New machines are being prepared for sale to Australia, Mexico, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

Stout will be just one of many different machines demonstrated during the upcoming FIRA USA event in Salinas, Calif. in September. More information on the FIRA event can be found at https://fira-usa.com/.

For more information on Stout, visit https://www.stoutagtech.com/.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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