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Fully autonomous vehicles in agriculture are likely still several years away, but there also may be a simpler, more efficient pathway to extending the life of farm machinery, while also improving performance.

But what does the word autonomy really mean? In its broad definition of self-sufficiency, we already see autonomy in the field. There are combines that separate corn from the cob and vehicles that steer themselves.

Some argue that we’ve had autonomous vehicles in the field for 20 years. But the question is “what level of autonomy do farmers really need?”

In today’s Precision Farming Dealer podcast brought to you by Farmers Edge, we welcome in Kraig Schulz, president of the Autonomous Tractor Corp., to discuss electric-based power systems as one of the alternatives to full-autonomy being pursued to improve fuel economy, while reducing farm equipment repair costs.

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