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Self-Driving Tractors Yet to Convince Farmers to Hand Over Keys

  • Fully autonomous tractors are ‘a few years’ from mainstream
  • Companies still perfecting functions that need to be automated
An AGCO Corp. White planter machine moves through a field as corn is planted in Princeton, Illinois.

An AGCO Corp. White planter machine moves through a field as corn is planted in Princeton, Illinois.

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Not all farmers are ready to give up control of their tractors even though fully autonomous technology has arrived.

There’s still work to be done perfecting all functions that have to be automated, meaning fields swarming with self-operating machines are a few years down the road, according to equipment maker AGCO Corp. Chief Operating Officer Eric Hansotia.