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FARMERS HARVEST HOMEGROWN TECH

The green tractor trundling across a Manitoba field with an empty cab isn’t a prototype or a top-of-the-line showpiece. It’s an eight-year-old John Deere that Matt Reimer modified with drone parts, open-source software and a Microsoft Corp. tablet. Reimer’s alterations, which he hopes to replicate for other farmers this year, are part of a technology revolution sweeping North America’s breadbasket. Farmers are building their own robotic equipment, satellite-navigation networks and mobile applications, as reported by  the Wall Street Journal.

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