“Do they live up to the vision of a new mechanisation system for farming?”
We need some fresh, innovative thinking – which can be put into practice:
We have the resources locally:
Young people are inspired to do something ‘interesting’ – rather than low-wage, low-skilled:
So, if we are thinking of using robotics in everyday life to do the mundane jobs:
Why not use robotics on the farm?
Have the robots arrived?
With a number of autonomous machines now appearing on farm, do they live up to the vision of a new mechanisation system for farming?
With a number of autonomous machines now appearing on farm, 4AR seeks the view of Prof Simon Blackmore on whether they live up to the vision of a new mechanisation system for farming.
In January 2014, on the second day of the Oxford Farming Conference, Prof Simon Blackmore took the stage in its final session on Technology and Innovation to deliver his vision of the future.He suggested a completely new mechanisation system for crop production where you remove all constraints of the current machines. “We’re familiar with precision farming that takes you down to field and sub-field level. How far down can we go? We can come right the way down to individual plant care,” he suggested.Simon described a future where a small number of big tractors would be replaced by many small autonomous robots, questioning the sense in applying large machines to the soil…