In a field far, far away. That is not the line for the opening sequence of a new Star Wars movie, but anyone who has ever visited Agri SA’s Nampo agricultural show will know that the showgrounds outside Bothaville in the Free State are quite far away. Unless you live in Bothaville, of course. We have been there a few times before but have always flown in to join the numerous other aeroplanes and helicopters that the farmers use to get to the show. This time we drove, not an easy task from Johannesburg. If you think tech is exciting in the car industry, then you should see what John Deere is up to with its operations centre. There is a mobile app that can monitor all your tractors, ploughing machinery, harvesters and anything else the company provides on the farm, live, in real time. You can not only see where the equipment is but what it is doing and whether a tractor in the middle of a field in the middle of nowhere needs more fuel. You can see what crops are being planted and how ...

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