May 11, 2017

Hands-free farming: Autonomous tractors and drones grow cereal crops

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Future of farming? Driverless tractors and drones attempt to grow crops without humans setting foot on the land in a world first…

Drones are also being used to monitor the crops so agronomists don’t have to enter the field to carry out their observations.

The team from the Harper Adams University in Shropshire believe their research will revolutionise farming and free up the time of farmers.

Johnathan Gill, Kit Franklin and Martin Abell are using small-scale machinery that is already available on the market including a 38bhp Iseki TLE 3400 compact tractor and adapting these in the university’s engineering labs.

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