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Deere & Company's Vision for 2030: A Fully Autonomous Farm Powered by AI

Deere & Company's CTO Jahmy Hindman discusses the role of AI in farming and the company's vision of achieving a fully autonomous farm by 2030.

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Deere & Company's Vision for 2030: A Fully Autonomous Farm Powered by AI

The dawn of the digital era has revolutionized various sectors, and agriculture is no exception. A leader in this transformation is Deere & Company, a titan in the farming industry. The company's Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jahmy Hindman, recently discussed the instrumental role of artificial intelligence (AI) in modern farming practices and the company's ambitious goal of establishing a fully autonomous farm by 2030.

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Deere's Legacy and Vision

Since John Deere introduced the steel plow in 1837, the company has maintained a steadfast focus on aiding farmers in enhancing efficiency and productivity. The advent of AI, particularly advancements in computer vision and machine learning, has been a game-changer for agricultural practices. These innovative technologies empower farmers to make more accurate decisions and operate on a larger scale.

AI and Farming: A Powerful Combination

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An example of the potent combination of AI and farming is the See Spray technology. This technology harnesses the power of computer vision to identify weeds and selectively apply herbicides, thereby reducing waste and boosting efficiency. As AI continues to evolve, Deere plans to develop smarter, more automated machines capable of caring for every plant and making every farm job more profitable.

Deere's Vision for 2030: A Fully Autonomous Farm

Deere's vision for the future encompasses a fully autonomous production cycle for corn and soybean farmers by 2030. This ambitious goal involves the planting, spraying, and harvesting of crops using autonomous technology. Furthermore, Deere is also working on retrofit solutions to upgrade existing machines with new technology, facilitating the adoption of advancements at a lower cost.

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Global Implications of AI in Farming

Beyond the benefits to individual farmers, Hindman emphasizes the global implications of these technological advances. These include the potential to decrease food insecurity, reduce carbon footprints, and conserve water. With the global population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, there is an urgent need to double crop production while addressing environmental concerns.

In a recent development, Deere & Co announced a partnership with SpaceX to equip its farming machinery with Starlink internet. This collaboration aims to enhance connectivity for agricultural operations, especially in remote farming locations in the U.S. and Brazil, thereby incorporating cutting-edge, real-time communication technologies into their equipment.

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