April 20, 2016. Rowland, North Carolina.
Bo Stone points to the control panels of his tractor and planter. The machine are satellite guided, and utilize planting amps that Stone creates for each field. The cost for the tractor and planter is nearly $500,000.
Bo Stone, age 44, runs a 2300 acre farm near the South Carolina border. After 5 generations of tobacco farming, Stone helped to move his family farm over to corn, wheat, soybeans, and strawberries 7 years ago.
While his corn crop is entirely made up of stacked genetically modified strains of corn, Stone says he chose the varieties primarily for their yield characteristics, but having the ability to utilize their herbicide tolerant traits if a weed gets out of control is "another tool in my toolbox".