Russian farm machinery thieves stopped in their tracks by smart technology

Gregor Heard
By Gregor Heard
May 5 2022 - 6:00am
John Deere's X9 Series of harvesters are equipped with the ability for remote access, as are other JD products, allowing a Ukrainian dealership to disable the machinery after it was stolen by the Russians.

JOHN Deere's smart technology inbuilt in its new machinery has foiled attempts by Russian looters to utilise farm equipment stolen in the conflict in Ukraine.


Gregor Heard

Gregor Heard

National Grains Industry Reporter

Gregor Heard is Fairfax Ag Media's national grains industry reporter, based in Horsham, Victoria. He has a wealth of knowledge surrounding the cropping sector through his ten years in the role. Prior to that he was with the Fairfax network as a reporter with Stock & Land. Some of the major issues he has reported on during his time with the company include the deregulation of the export wheat market, the introduction of genetically modified crops and the fight to protect growers better from grain trader insolvencies. Still involved with the family farm he is passionate about rural Australia and its people and hopes to use his role to act as an advocate for those involved in the grain sector. Away from work, he is a keen traveller, having spent his long service leave last year in Spain learning the language.

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