Harper Adams University
Harper Adam University's attractive rural location in the heart of England provides the best of town and country. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, the Shropshire campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and rewarding courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learners in agriculture, agribusiness, animal, countryside, engineering, food, rural and land-based studies.
Project to farm a hectare of spring barley exclusively with autonomous vehicles at Harper Adams University continues22-Mar-2017 Harper Adams University
The ‘Hands Free Hectare’ project, which will see a crop exclusively farmed by robots for the first time in the world, is well under-way. The team have selected the key machinery required to reach their goal and made their tractor autonomous.
01-Mar-2017 Harper Adams University
Drones are already being used in agriculture to monitor and map fields and crops, but at Harper Adams University research is underway to look into the viability of using drones to complete tasks in the field, such as seeding and spraying.
The research is being carried out by the university’s Engineering Research team who are focusing on the practicality of using drones as a Precision Farming implement.
A research project at Harper Adams University looking at increasing the yields of a special type of barley is producing promising results.
Naked barley was an important crop in the Bronze Age, but since then has almost been forgotten in the UK. The varieties of naked barley adapted to the British climate have long since been lost, and those from further afield perform poorly in wetter cooler summers, but its health benefits are so great that a research project is underway to produce a variety that is more versatile.