Best of the Precision Ag Dealer Web: August 17, 2022

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Precision Agriculture Dealer editors come across a variety of articles, social media posts, podcasts, and videos that offer a unique look at various aspects of our great agriculture industry. Here’s our favorite content from the past week:


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As the world leader with the widest range of rotary spreaders and air boom applicators in the industry, Salford Group has you covered. Backed by more than 400 application-specific dealers, eight North American parts distribution centers, and renowned field application support, we are the partners you need to make your business as productive as possible.


Hacker jailbreaks Deere tractor live in front of cheering crowd

After the hackers briefly stopped hating John Deere, they’re back – this time jailbreaking a Deere tractor’s control unit live at the Defcon Hackers’ Conference in Las Vegas this weekend. “(T)he company itself is a trash can of information security worst practices, whose unpatched, misconfigured, and outdated tractors are a mine of vulnerabilities and unforced errors,” Cory Doctorow tweeted as part of this thread explaining how hackers exploit potential security weaknesses to break into Deere machines.


Cummins partners with Elevāt to provide real-time engine health data

Cummins integrates its Cummins Connected Diagnostics app with the Elevāt Machine Connect IoT platform, making real-time engine health, maintenance, availability and utilization data available on millions of off-road engines. The new partnership also improves communication between the OEM, dealer and customer, says Elevāt founder Adam Livesay in an interview with OEM Off-Highway. “It really improves the relationship between the OEM, their dealer network and the end customer.”

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Agricultural robotics is difficult AF

The title of This article by Rhishi Pethe expresses the frustration of having to develop various iterations of hardware and software for agricultural robots to properly perform tasks, especially the harvesting of specialty crops. Pethe showcases the robot technology stack and OEM relationships with agtech companies to create working agricultural robots.

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FieldIn COO: “You can’t automate everything in 1 year”

FieldIn COO and co-founder Iftach Birger is quite realistic in his assessment of the path to autonomy in this short interview with Ag Information Network. While FieldIn has been laying the groundwork for farm automation for years, Birger says autonomy won’t happen overnight. “We will be living in a mixed fleet world for the foreseeable future. Your entire fleet will not be autonomous. No matter what,” says Birger.

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Robot of the Week: FarmWise Autonomous Mechanical Weeder

This tweet from FarmWise shows a video of the company’s self-contained mechanical hoe Titan cutting weeds growing next to row crops. Titan could be coming to a customer near you, as the company recently announced $45 million in Series B funding to expand its autonomous weeders to more farms and more crops.


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