According to Grand Forks Herald, the next time you see a field being tended by a farmer, he probably won’t be driving the tractor.

Initially, the tractors will be primarily for tillage. They’ll have “follow-me” technology, to trail behind a lead vehicle between fields and then follow another tractor, “just like a hired hand would.” Eventually, they’ll be guided by an Area Positioning System, which will allow the tractor to work on its own, after the farmer sets positioning beacons and proscribes parts of the field that are wet, or otherwise to be avoided.

Anderson has a name for his tractor — Spirit. The standard color is “metallic gold,” but he says he’ll paint it any color a customer likes.

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