Deere & Co. will purchase a leading technology company that specializes in machine-learning applications for agricultural equipment. Deere has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue River Technology, which is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Blue River Technology has successfully applied machine learning to agricultural spraying equipment, and Deere is confident that similar technology can be used in the future on a wider range of products, John May, president of Agricultural Solutions and chief information officer for Deere, said in a release. Blue River has designed and integrated computer vision and machine-learning technology that will enable growers to reduce the use of herbicides by spraying only where weeds are present. Deere said it will invest $305 million to fully acquire Blue River. Deere plans to have the 60-person firm remain in Sunnyvale. The transaction is expected to close this month. To read a Wired story about the deal, click here