Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot

Sharp-shooting, herbicide-squirting machines from John Deere could cut farmers' chemical bills. [Read More]

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Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants, and shooting them with deadly, high-precision squirts of herbicide.
John Deere, established in 1837 to manufacture hand tools, announced it had acquired Blue River Technology, founded in 2011, late Wednesday.
Stone says that Blue River’s technology can make a larger impact on productivity because it makes decisions up close, on the ground.
Blue River’s systems are agricultural sharp shooters that direct chemicals only where they are needed.
Blue River, which has roughly 60 employees, will operate as an independent brand, from its base in Sunnyvale, California.

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An autonomous robot in agriculture to identify unwanted plants and shoots them with herbicide. #Trend

Source: Wired