Autonomous tractor

Driverless tractors and other autonomous equipment will likely usher in a new business model for farmers, experts say. Instead of owning and operating the machinery, they will hire it for various types of field work.

AUSTIN, Texas — As agricultural equipment gains enough “artificial intelligence” to become fully autonomous, it’s likely to change the on-farm role of machinery, experts say.

The cost and complexity of owning and maintaining driverless farm machinery may steer agriculture toward a fee-for-service model instead of growers buying equipment outright, according to experts at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Austin, Texas.

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