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Smart Ag introduces driverless tractor

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The first generation of driverless farm machinery is in the field. 

That was the report I received from an Iowa-based company, called Smart Ag, at the 2018 Farm Progress Show.

Iowa State University graduates Colin Hurd and Mark Barglof put the company together and now have prototypes being tested for commercial use.

I also got an estimate of how much it will cost to install the system in existing machines.

Why would you want to run a tractor without a driver? The industry cites several reasons including labor shortages, lower costs and greater management control.

I spoke with Mark Barglof, Chief Technology Officer and Justin Heath, Chief Marketing Officer for Smart Ag.

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