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Why John Deere Just Spent $305 Million on a Lettuce-Farming Robot


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Look out weeds. Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire Blue River Technology, a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants and shooting them with deadly, high-precision squirts of herbicide.

John Stone, an executive in Deere's intelligent-solutions group, says Blue River's computer-vision technology will help Deere's equipment view and understand the crops it is working with. 

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