AS HIGH-TECH FARMS TAKE HOLD, CAN FARM TOWNS HOLD ON?

AS HIGH-TECH FARMS TAKE HOLD, CAN FARM TOWNS HOLD ON?

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Brandon Biesemeier climbs up a small ladder into a John Deere sprayer, takes a seat in the enclosed cab, closes the door, and blocks out most of the machine’s loud engine hum. It is a familiar perch to the fourth-generation farmer on Colorado’s eastern plains.

He turns onto a country road, heading south to spray an herbicide on his cornfields, an early growing season task his genetically engineered crops demand if he is to unlock their value. In the cab, a computer screen shows a little pixelated tractor moving across digital fields, logging his work………

 

Source: As High-Tech Farms Take Hold, Can Farm Towns Hold On? | HPPR