Many farmers in the U.S. struggle with the process of removing pests from their land, a problem that is being exacerbated by the presence of other threats like weeds, storms and diseases for crops and grass.
CropLife reported that farmers in America are always looking for potential issues in their fields, as diseases and insects can detract from a harvest.
According to the news source, a group of farmers in Nebraska purchased four new John Deere Gators with soil augers so that an agronomy team can survey fields at any time of year - even when the ground is frozen - to pull samples.
CropLife reported that the choice to purchase the John Deere equipment made sense, as the Gators can handle rugged terrain and the upfront cost was easily justified due to the expected returns.
One farmer told the news source that the choice was made "considering how quickly we can get that sampling done now, our sampling business has increased quite a bit. I’d say the return on investment is three or four years."
The Nebraska crop scouts and farmers that purchased the new Gators relied upon the mobility and traction of the machines, and, according to the John Deere website, custom models are available so that operators can address all of their needs.