Sabanto Releases John Deere 5100E Tractor Autonomy Kit

Sabanto Releases John Deere 5100E Tractor Autonomy Kit

ITASCA, IL, December 21, 2023 — Sabanto, Inc. announces John Deere 5100E tractor compatibility for Steward™, a cutting-edge technology platform that transforms tractors to work autonomously. This addition allows John Deere 5100E owners to redeploy their time and energy to the most important aspects of their operation.



Automating field operations promises to be a major development in addressing the labor problems throughout the industry, as it allows for continuous tractor operations while freeing up staff to perform other critical work on the farm. Automation will allow the industry to continue moving forward by doing more with less labor.

“Today’s release of the  John Deere 5100E aftermarket autonomous system operating within the Steward™ platform exemplifies Sabanto’s mission to deploy autonomy agnostically,” said Craig Rupp, CEO and founder of Sabanto. “We believe your next-generation tractor is already sitting in your machine shed. We’ve created an autonomy platform that can be easily installed on a farmer’s existing tractor, allowing them to maximize the value of their current capital.”

Sabanto Steward™ now supports a total of three platform: the John Deere 5100E, the Fendt 700 Vario and the Kubota M5, with more platforms to be added in the coming year.

“Autonomy  just really changes the process of how we’re able to farm,” explained Brandon Chambley of Super-Sod in Cartersville, Georgia. “In this business, there’s plenty of unknowns that are always going to be out there. But the one thing that we established very quickly, as far as being comfortable with Steward™, is that you have that resource every single day. It eliminates the stress that happens when two new employees that you just hired don’t show up and now everyone has to scramble to do the work that has to be done.”

Sabanto has proven, through extensive field testing, its ability to automate a variety of field operations over significant acres. Leveraging a fleet of tractors, the company has autonomously tilled, planted, seeded, weeded, sprayed and mowed across Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and California. The company’s Steward™ autonomy platform has been pivotal in deploying multiple systems for multiple days of non-stop operation.

Sabanto is committed to providing the very best customer experience. To serve customers at the local level, Sabanto has built and continues to expand an elite network of dealer partners who have all been working in the precision ag solution space for decades, ensuring that customers experience world-class purchasing guidance and technical support.

Visit to learn more about the company, the technology behind its autonomy kits and to keep up with news as the company expands its dealer network and product offerings throughout North America.

About Sabanto

Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, Sabanto’s mission is to accelerate autonomy in agricultural machinery to solve two primary problems: (i) the increasingly acute scarcity of labor in rural areas and (ii) ever-increasing capital expenses for modern ag machinery. Sabanto’s core competency revolves around low-cost retrofits of existing agriculture machinery regardless of make or model, along with the development of necessary supporting software to maximize the utility of autonomous technology, thereby increasing producer ROI. Learn more at

SOURCE Sabanto, Inc.


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