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Deere Comes Up With High-Tech Farming Equipment

"You can get a savings of about one to three bushels per acre, so it pays for itself very quickly

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Farm equipment maker John Deere made its debut at the Consumer Electronics Show, Jan. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas with a connected combine harvester. It uses GPS, artificial intelligence and sensor technology to help improve yields. VOA

It has GPS, lasers, computer vision, and uses machine learning and sensors to be more efficient. This is the new high-tech farm equipment from John Deere, which made its first Consumer Electronics Show appearance this week to highlight the importance of tech in farming.

Deere brought its massive agricultural combine and GPS-guided tractor to the Las Vegas technology event, making the point that farming is more than sticking a finger up in the air to gauge the weather.

The machines are guided by enhanced GPS data that, according to the company, is accurate to 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) — compared with 3 meters (10 feet) for conventional GPS.

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New equipments will make the work easier now. VOA

As they work the fields, the machines gather data about soil conditions and monitor how corn and other crops are being harvested to reduce waste and improve efficiency.

“We want consumers to understand how food is grown,” said Deere marketing executive Deanna Kovar. “Not only is this machine harvesting the grain, it’s harvesting the data, which helps farmers make decisions for next year.

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Kovar said the extra electronics add about $10,000 to the cost of the combine, which sells for close to $500,000, and that most buyers take the option.

“You can get a savings of about one to three bushels per acre, so it pays for itself very quickly,” she said. (VOA)

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Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) Decides To Train Mothers in Technology

The Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has decided to train mothers in technology to make them able to help their children

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During the training programmes, mothers would be introduced to better use of resources in the textbooks by scanning QR codes. Pixabay

In a path-breaking initiative, the Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) has decided to train mothers in technology to make them able to help their children in school education.

K. Anvar Sadath, head of the KITE, said one of the main objectives of training mothers, which will start next month, is to ensure better use of smart phones at home for education purposes.

“The KITE initiative to empower mothers in technology is to benefit from the increased usage of internet through mobile. Necessary applications will be deployed for the smart phones owned by parents in advance,” said Sadath.

During the training programmes, mothers would be introduced to better use of resources in the textbooks by scanning QR codes, familiarisation with the new classroom learning process besides focus on creating a favourable opportunity at home for students to make use of Samagra resource portal.

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The KITE will also facilitate publishing of school details in the form of QR codes for general public. Pixabay

The KITE will also facilitate publishing of school details in the form of QR codes for general public.

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Now boards put up near main school entrances will also display QR code, which will carry link to school details on Sametham website (www.sametham.kite.kerala.gov.in) to help people know about the school. (IANS)