Deere & Co., the world’s largest maker of agricultural machinery, agreed to purchase Monsanto Co. ’s Precision Planting LLC equipment unit as it accelerates a strategy to boost farmer efficiency and productivity with technology. Moline, Illinois-based Deere will acquire assets including factories, the Precision Planting brand and most of the unit’s product range, the manufacturer said Tuesday in a statement. The acquisition is the third precision agriculture accord Deere has announced in five weeks. For Monsanto, the deal expands the sales opportunity for its FieldView app, which provides farmers with real-time planting data, to owners of Deere’s equipment including tractors, said John Raines, a senior vice president at Monsanto’s Climate Corp. Deere is working to make machines more technologically advanced and overall food production more efficient. 8, the company agreed to form SageInsights, a joint venture to further develop a cloud software platform called MyAgCentral developed by data and software firm DN2K for agricultural retailers and other consultants. “Agriculture is changing significantly,” Deere Chief Information Officer John May said by phone. “Deere wants to seamlessly connect people with equipment, technology and insights to give them a greater advantage with that entire production cycle.