Ag Equipment Manufacturers: Falling Behind Electric Car Trends

Ag Equipment Manufacturers: Falling Behind Electric Car Trends

The automotive industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation, investing billions in all-electric vehicle technology. Why isn’t the ag industry keeping up?

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All Electric Excavator is a Sign of Farm Equipment to Come

All Electric Excavator is a Sign of Farm Equipment to Come

Nearly every automotive manufacturer will have an electric vehicle for sale in 2019. Will we see this same trend in farm equipment?

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Sorry, Right to Repair Advocates: You may be right, but John Deere is on the Winning Side of History

Sorry, Right to Repair Advocates: You may be right, but John Deere is on the Winning Side of History

My response to the Motherboard Right to Repair article: Why American Farmers are Hacking Their Tractors with Ukrainian Firmware. 

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Elon Musk and Agriculture

Elon Musk and Agriculture

What will Elon Musk's impact be on agriculture? This is what I kept thinking after reading his biography: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance.

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John Deere's Electric Tractor Concept: A Bigger Idea than Just Another Tractor

John Deere's Electric Tractor Concept: A Bigger Idea than Just Another Tractor

Earlier this year, I asked when is Tesla’s electricity going to come to farm?  This week John Deere caught my attention this week when it announced an all-electric tractor concept in France. This post takes a closer look. 

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An In Depth Look at the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

An In Depth Look at the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued its Federal Automated Vehicles Policy.  Although this policy applies solely to on-road vehicles, CNH’s recent introduction of a concept autonomous tractor suggests that NHTSA’s policy may have agricultural implications too.  This post takes a deeper look at NHTSA’s Automated Vehicles Policy.

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When Will Tesla's Electricity Come to the Farm?

When Will Tesla's Electricity Come to the Farm?

Tesla is revolutionizing the automotive industry. My new office is near a Tesla store so I frequently see the Tesla Model S driving by.  For those not acquainted with Tesla, the company builds all-electric cars that have a range of over 250 miles per charge. No complicated hybrid drive. No gas required, ever. I keep wondering when Tesla will step into other markets and more importantly, will agriculture be one of them? This post explores whether the “all-electric” philosophy would work on the farm.  

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