CNH Industrial has acquired a 10% minority stake in Stout Industrial Technology, a US-based startup that has developed a smart cultivator.

The software-controlled implement uses cameras, AI and proprietary vision technology to distinguish crops from weeds. Once identified, the implement simultaneously cultivates crops and removes weeds, without using chemicals.

Stout’s existing platform expands CNH’s mechanical weeding product offering and is expected to accelerate the development of further cultivation solutions. Stout machines will soon be distributed via the New Holland dealer network.

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