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BBC Countryfile features Harper Adams for future of harvesting

Written on October 13, 2021

The well known TV program, BBC Countryfile, has aired a special looking at the future of the British harvesting involving Harper Adams University’s Hands Free Farm.

Countryfile were welcomed by the Hands Free Farm team, back in August, as they worked hard to complete the first full harvest on the farm just outside Newport.

The Hands Free Farm is 35 hectares and designed to grow, tend and harvest a crop without humans on the ground. The three-year-long project is run in partnership between Harper Adams and Precision Decisions with, the UK division of Australian precision agriculture specialist, Farmscan AG.

The BBC TV programme featured three members of the team: principal investigator and Harper Adams senior lecturer Kit Franklin, mechatronics and UAS researcher for Harper Adams, Jonathan Gill, and Martin Abell, operations manager at Precision Decisions and Hands Free Farm project manager. The examined the history of the project, and how they fared tackling this year’s harvest using only drones and autonomous vehicles to plant, grow and harvest a crop.


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