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Stroud-based RDS Technology has developed a widget called Artemis, which applies NASA-grade smarts to the humble seed drill (yes, the one invented by Jethro Tull in 1701), connecting it to the new world of electronics, drive circuits and GPS satellite positioning.

Richard Danby, MD of the £5.3m-turnover firm, explains: “RDS has been at the forefront of supplying technology to agricultural machinery since the seventies. Artemis is our most cutting-edge innovation. Farmers can instantaneously vary the seeding rate as they go up and down the field, planting fewer seed in less fertile areas of the field and more in the fertile ones, maximising their profitability. This is a real gem for farmers.”

He claims users will make their money back in less than a year.

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