AI cultivators to be sold through New Holland dealers, as CNH invests in Stout

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Row-crop and horticulture crop growers looking for artificial-intelligence-powered weed removal will soon have to look no further than their local New Holland dealership.

Stout Industrial Technology, Inc. (Stout) has announced a global distribution agreement with CNH Industrial that will see Stout’s AI-powered Smart Cultivators sold and serviced at New Holland dealerships worldwide. The deal includes an investment made by CNH in Stout, as well.

The machines simultaneously cultivate and remove weeds at the rate of 1 – 2 acres per hour and are anticipated to be available for sale at selected New Holland dealers in early 2023. Stout currently has Smart Cultivators operating in locations across the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.

California-based Stout is a young company, with sales of its Smart Cultivators beginning in 2020. The company is comprised of those with automotive racing, defense, aerospace, medical, agriculture, and manufacturing backgrounds.

The minority investment by CNH Industrial adds Michele Lombardi to Stout’s Board of Directors and adds Stout’s proprietary vision system, neural network and AI expertise to CNH Industrial’s See & Act portfolio of products.

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