The geomagnetic storm is a nightmare for farmers relying on precision agriculture tech

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Summary

● Space weather has caused disruptions to GPS navigation systems in tractors, impacting farmers during peak planting season.
● John Deere tractors rely on Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) systems for precise planting, which are currently experiencing inaccuracies due to solar activity.
● Some farmers have been advised to temporarily stop using GPS navigation systems to avoid potential havoc during harvesting time.
● The current geomagnetic storm is the strongest in 20 years, reaching extreme levels and causing disruptions to technology.
● Some intense coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun are expected to reach Earth, potentially worsening the situation for farmers reliant on GPS technology.

Author: Cheyenne MacDonald
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