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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms

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A Deere driverless tractor.

Deere needs widespread connectivity, especially in rural areas, for its autonomous tractors.

Credit: Bianca Flowers/Reuters

Farm-equipment company Deere aims to network farms in remote regions of Brazil and the U.S. via satellites as it deploys sophisticated machinery and software for more rapid sowing and harvesting of crops.

Company executives said Deere requires widespread connectivity to maintain driverless tractors and to update intelligent crop sprayers.

Deere said its satellite network will transmit signals to Brazilian farms and remote U.S. areas where Wi-Fi is unavailable.

It expects to choose a satellite operator later this year and to start marketing the satellite service to growers by the end of next year.

The company aims to add 1 million farm and construction machines to its cloud-based operations center by 2026; Deere's Jonny Spendlove said up to 100,000 of those machines would be linked through satellites.

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