Rick Barrett

If Batman switched from fighting crime to growing corn, this would be his tractor.
 Wednesday, Racine-based Case IH will showcase its autonomous, or driverless, tractor at the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) convention in Indianapolis.
 With a curvy body that’s packed with technology, the tractor takes some cues from the Batmobile.
 But there’s no steering wheel or driver’s seat. Instead, the tractor uses satellites, radar, cameras and other digital gear to navigate the fields and take orders from a remote operator’s computer or tablet.
 Farm equipment companies such as Case IH are developing technologies that could enable farmers to control multiple crop production machines at once from the comfort of home. Farmers could benefit from lower labor costs and increased efficiencies in the fields.