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Information in the Fields

It all starts on the farm. With the help of satellite-guided tractors and a laptop or a smartphone, farmers like Zach Hunnicutt – who runs a 3500-acre grains farm outside Lincoln, Nebraska – are turning their tractor cabs into mobile offices.

From the field, they’re now tweeting with other farmers in real time about significant events – like planting intentions, crop yields, and weather events.

It might not seem like the most riveting stuff on Twitter, but it’s the kind of information that can be as good as gold for a smart commodities trader…

Photo: Jesse Bergman for CNBC.com