On May 1, 2017, approximately one month before the DOJ’s suit to block the acquisition of Precision Planting LLC by Deere & Co. was set to go to trial, Precision Planting’s parent company, Monsanto, decided to end the deal. The acquisition originally was announced in 2015 and the DOJ moved to block the deal in August 2016. The DOJ’s challenge to the merger was set to be tried in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.