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A recent solar storm caused major disruptions to GPS and precision farming systems, impacting planting operations across the U.S. Tractors equipped with Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) systems experienced accuracy problems, affecting planting consistency and potentially leading to harvest issues. The incident highlights the vulnerability of modern farming to satellite disruptions and underscores concerns about food supply security. Farmers were forced to halt planting operations, affecting their time-sensitive schedules. Precision agriculture, reliant on automated systems for planting, is especially susceptible to such disruptions, posing risks to crop yield. The situation also raises concerns about the reliance on GPS in modern society and the potential threat of cyber-attacks targeting agricultural technology. Farmers across online communities reported experiencing GPS outages and related issues, further highlighting the widespread impact of the disruption.


Solar Storm Knocks Out Farmers’ Tractor GPS Systems During Peak Planting Season (

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