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Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution

Farmers go high-tech in bid to reduce bay pollution

The fields near here are lush and green, but farmer Kyle Hutchison wanted to give his corn crop one last dose of plant food before the chest-high stalks grew too tall to treat. He clambered into the cab of his "high-boy" fertilizer spreader, which looks like a giant mechanical dragonfly with black metal "wings" that skim the tops of the cornstalks. After firing up the on-board computer, he called up a graph showing how much liquid nitrogen the vegetation could use. "It's wanting us to apply less, basically what it's telling us," Hutchison said. Farming, that most traditional of livelihoods, has evolved over the years into a high-tech business....

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