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By Sierra Day, Prairie Farmer magazine

Calibration monitors missing, antennas gone and wires cut.

Folks at a Central Illinois Ag store near Clinton, Ill., saw this scene one morning when sending out equipment for the field demonstrations at the 2021 Farm Progress Show.

"A Degelman representative showed up to take a tractor to the show and came in looking for the autoguidance monitor and antenna. Staff had calibrated the tractor the day before and left the equipment in the tractor," says Michael Schmidt, president of Central Illinois Ag, headquartered near Atlanta, Ill. "So, they went to check it out and found snipped wires and no autoguidance parts."

But it wasn't just one tractor, and it wasn't just one Central Illinois Ag store.

Across the entire lot in Clinton, there were eight pieces of machinery with stolen antennas and monitors, Schmidt says. Around the same time, Schmidt was preparing equipment for customers and discovered four tractors and five combines at the Atlanta store with monitors and antennas that had been stolen.

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