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Visit the future of farming

Automated machines growing the first arable crop remotely, without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground. ​

For 2018, the Harper Adams University's Hands Free Hectare team gave the only public demonstration of their autonomous combine outside of the university's test farm.  Shortly after, the Hands Free Hectare was awarded Future Food Awards by the BBC Food and Farming Awards.

The world-first project, run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, will be taking on new and exciting challenges to be showcased at Cereals 2019 including improvements of the machinery’s accuracy and to improvements in field coverage, ultimately leading to a more competitive yield.

For 2019, they will take it one step further.  Do not miss this must-attend demonstration.  

In addition to the Hands Free Hectare demonstrations which will run during both days of Cereals, you can join the team for a panel discussion in the Know-How Theatre where they will discuss their work, their trials and errors as well as their vision for the future of farming. 

Hands Free Hectare team L:R - Kit Franklin, Martin Abell, Kieran Walsh and Jonathan Gill


Hands Free Hectare team L:R - Kit Franklin, Martin Abell, Kieran Walsh and Jonathan Gill

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The Hands Free Hectare team will be returning to Cereals this year with another demonstration; this time using their autonomous ISEKI tractor.

Since completing their second harvest last year of a crop of winter wheat, and winning a couple of awards including the BBC Food and Farming Award, the team has been working hard on improving their technologies; including connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) which has been working on improving the navigation and interaction of their tractor to complete more technically changing tasks.

The team are looking forward to demonstrating some of the technologies they have learnt about via the project at the university at Cereals in June.




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