Farm Progress

Ag tech innovations could change the way you do business.

Mike Wilson, Senior Executive Editor

November 20, 2018

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Imagine a tractor that weighs no more than a motorcycle, lightly threading its way through your fields to deliver fertilizer or weed control 24/7 as you relax over coffee. Or a squad of drones locked on to a weed infestation based on a GPS-generated field map, autonomously cruising out to electrostatically spot spray those problem areas.

These technologies and others in the works right now may be coming to your farm if everything falls into place. It takes a lot to get a clever idea from an entrepreneur’s brain into the field: venture capital, testing proof of concept, production, marketing, distribution, to name a few. Successful products make their investors and inventors rich and get their companies listed on the stock exchange or acquired by bigger companies.

Here’s a few promising ideas we saw in the works at the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in Indianapolis this fall. A few are already for sale and others are still being tinkered with before heading to market.

About the Author(s)

Mike Wilson

Senior Executive Editor, Farm Progress

Mike Wilson is the senior executive editor for Farm Progress. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Ogle County, Ill., and earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Illinois. He was twice named Writer of the Year by the American Agricultural Editors’ Association and is a past president of the organization. He is also past president of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, a global association of communicators specializing in agriculture. He has covered agriculture in 35 countries.

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